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Cornwall to Gatwick flights to end

Flights from Cornwall to London Gatwick will end early next year.

Easyjet bought the landing slots from Exeter based Flybe, but now say there isn't enough demand to keep the service open.

It's a major blow for the airport at Newquay, but also for the county's business community who'll have to travel to the capital by train or road.

The nearest airport to London from Newquay will be Southend.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Flybe statement of flight BE806

Flybe has said it regrets the inconvenience experienced by its passengers following the landing of flight BE806:

Flybe can confirm that the above flight landed normally and without incident at Newquay airport. However, due to a minor technical fault, it was deemed necessary that the 40 passengers disembark the aircraft on the taxiway, which they did without incident before being bussed to the terminal. As is standard industry practice, the airport’s emergency services attended the aircraft.

– Flybe spokeswoman

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Flybe flight lands safety at Newquay Airport

A Flybe plane landed safely at Newquay Airport. Credit: ITV News West Country

A plane landed safely at Newquay Airport in Cornwall last night, after the pilot reported a hydraulic fuel leak.

All passengers disembarked safely from the London Gatwick flight, and there are no reports of any injuries.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to the scene at around 9:30pm but the incident had already been dealt with by the airport fire service.

Plane makes emergency landing at Newquay Airport

A plane made an emergency landing at Newquay Airport in Cornwall last night, after the pilot reported a hydraulic fuel leak. All passengers disembarked safely from the London Gatwick flight, and there are no reports of any injuries.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to the scene at around 9:30pm but the incident had already been dealt with by the airport fire service.

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First EasyJet flight due into Newquay

Departures at Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

The first ever EasyJet flight into Newquay Airport is due at 0820 this morning.

It's coming from London Southend and will be flown in by Liskeard-born pilot Richard Andrews. EasyJet is hoping 20,000 people will use the service this summer.

Flight prices start at around £23 each way.

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