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2 December 2013, 13:16
Flights between Newquay and Gatwick will continue next summer as a deal has been done for Flybe to run the route during the summer.
They were due to pull out next March stating that the route is unviable due to the high charges of landing at the London airport.
Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall's six MPs who have been working together over the past few months to secure the long term future of the vital air link.
Last month the Department confirmed that the route was eligible for a Public Service Obligation and work is now underway to issue tender documents inviting airlines to submit bids to operate the service in line with EC regulations.
However, as this complex process is not likely to be completed until Autumn 2014, it would have meant a short break in the service.
The announcement on Monday 2nd December 2013 by Flybe means that the air link between Newquay and Gatwick will now continue until 25 October, the end of the formal summer season, by which time a new service is expected to be in place.