Flights by Ryanair from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Alicante-Elche have been cancelled – until the spring – due to EU travel restrictions.
Ryanair said that increased flight restrictions imposed by EU governments mean it’s not possible to operate the service.
Cornwall Airport Newquay said that sales to both Alicante and Faro, operated by Ryanair for next summer, are still available.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Ryanair said that passengers with tickets booked to Alicante-Elche airport affected by the cancellation have been notified of their options.
“Due to increased flight restrictions imposed by EU Governments, air travel has been heavily affected. As a result, Ryanair has reduced its winter schedule taking capacity down to 40% of the prior year.
“Our UK W20 schedules have been impacted by these capacity cuts, and this route from Newquay to Alicante-Elche airport has been discontinued for the winter season.
“Passengers affected by these cancellations have been notified and informed of their options,” said a Ryanair spokesperson.
A spokesperson for Cornwall Newquay Airport confirmed tickets for Summer 2021 are still available and that scheduled flights will be on a level identical to before the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ryanair has confirmed that as part of a range of further reductions in flights across its network, due to the impact of travel restrictions on customer demand, the Newquay to Alicante service will remain suspended until the end of March 2021.
“Both the Alicante and Faro routes from Newquay remain on sale for the for the Summer 2021 season, at the same frequency as was operated prior to the pandemic, and we fully expect both routes to recommence in the Spring,” said a spokesperson.
The news of flight cancellations until March for the routes comes days after Cornwall’s business chief said the airports temporary closure, due to the coronavirus restrictions and lack of demand was devastating.
Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber for Commerce said that the airport remaining open was key to the county’s future.
“If we’re serious about Cornwall as a place for green industry, renewable energy, and manufacturing we need to demonstrate we have the infrastructure to provide for it.
“Businesses which can’t trade during lockdown aren’t affected, but those like Watson-Marlow in Falmouth with international customers are very reliant on the airport to fly people in.
“When it’s open, Newquay airport is full of business people, and people from the public sector, going up to London and elsewhere.
“Obviously, this year has taught us we can do a lot more online, but you do need to see people in the first instance to create chemistry and trust.
“When times are tough, it’s an extra imposition not to have it open,” said Kim Conchie.