Published on : Monday, February 10, 2014
After storm wrecked the bed of the track that runs along the shore of the Great Western line severed at Dawlish on the South Devon coast last Wednesday, 05.02.14, Flybe and Gatwick airport has offered an alternative rail passage that will help travel between Cornwall and London. The regional airlines are also doubling their flight from three to six from Newquay to the Sussex airport.
Flybe, which is based at Exeter airport, has tweaked its planned flying programme to free up a 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft. The extra flights will operate for an initial period of two weeks, while demand for the additional seats is assessed.
The airline had no wish to inflate charges in this difficult situation said Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, however, Gatwick has waived charges on the additional services, which are being sold for £37 each way. He assured customers that the fare policy will be managed in exactly the same line.
The Airport Development Fee” (ADF) has to be implemented by Newquay airport on all departing passengers aged 16 or over as without the ADF the airport will not be able to provide the improved facilities that it is offering to passengers now and would not be able to achieve the transition from military to civilian airport so in order to keep the airport going it was important to levy the ADF he added.
Meanwhile, an online petition has been launched to press for the re-opening of the railway line across Dartmoor. With the storm threats in February in the Dawlish line an alternative rail route into Cornwall an extension of the Exeter to Okehampton line through Tavistock to Plymouth has become the prime focus.