CORNWALL can now boast a summer air link with the likes of Dubai following news that Flybe will run flights to Birmingham next year.
The new service from Newquay Cornwall airport means passengers will have access to worldwide destinations offered by the Emirates airline, which operates from Birmingham.
It will begin on May 16, 2014, with flights operating seven days a week throughout the summer months.
Al Titterington, managing director at Newquay airport, said: "Flybe's summer schedule already operates to Edinburgh, Belfast City and Newcastle as well as London Gatwick and Manchester, and this new service is a boost for the airport and Cornish residents.
"The possibility of flying further afield to places like Dubai will also become more convenient with Birmingham airport giving access to Emirates' worldwide network. The airport is continually looking to improve accessibility to and from Cornwall and the new Birmingham service will ultimately boost the economy by encouraging visitors."
News of the new route comes after Flybe announced it was scrapping its Norwich service. However, airline bosses also decided to extend the Newquay to London Gatwick service until the end of October next year – seven months longer than had been planned.
Newquay airport is to axe its controversial drop-off parking charge from Monday.
But the free charge will only apply for a 10-minute stay.
It had been free for motorists to park up to 30 minutes until last March, when the airport introduced a £1 charge for dropping off and picking up passengers.
The airport had insisted that all other airports levied a charge, and the parking fee was partly in response to complaints from passengers who had been fined for overstaying a previous maximum five-minute waiting allowance.
Newquay airport's Sarah Burke said: "Newquay Cornwall Airport has reviewed its current car parking charges and as a result from Monday tariffs for both the East and West car parks will be amended so that the first 10 minutes' parking will be free. For stays over 10 minutes, but less than 30 minutes, a £1 fee will be charged."