Flybe reported increased demand for flights to Cornwall over the August bank holiday weekend as more people opted for domestic breaks.

The regional airline operated more than 1,500 flights across over 150 routes during the long weekend.

Three of the six busiest route were services to Newquay Cornwall airport from Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester, with others being Newcastle to Southampton, Exeter to Glasgow and Edinburgh to Manchester.

Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener said: “There has been increased interest this year in domestic travel as people choose to stay closer to home and enjoy all that the UK has to offer.

“The demand we have seen this August Bank Holiday weekend has supported this and been strongest on some of our most popular UK mainland destinations.

“At this time of the year, travel is traditionally extremely chaotic and battling the road and chaos and widespread rail disruption is particularly time consuming.

“There is a clear trend that customers have chosen to soar above it all, saving time and stress by letting the plane take the strain, especially when travelling longer distances routes that criss-cross the length and breadth of the UK.”

She added “With 53% of all UK domestic air travel being taken on Flybe flights, this would indicate that customers are choosing to stay within the UK rather than travel farther afield to make the most of the last long summer weekend before the start of the new school year.”