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Airline partnership takes off for Cornwall rugby team

Professional rugby league club Cornwall RLFC has announced its first official airline partner after scoring a new sponsorship deal with the UK’s largest regional airline, Loganair.


In place for the 2023 season, the partnership also includes complimentary flights between Newquay and Manchester, boosting connectivity for the team as it competes in Betfred League One and the Betfred Challenge Cup. The flights will also be used by players travelling for training in Cornwall, including Mancunian and powerhouse centre Tom Ashton.


The news follows the relaunch of Loganair’s Manchester Airport to Cornwall Airport Newquay service as part of its summer schedule, operating from Friday, 10 February to Saturday, 28 October. This service makes a welcome return for rugby fans travelling to support their team and connecting holidaymakers from the south coast to the northwest of England.


The sponsorship deal also means Loganair’s distinctive logo will feature on the Cornwall team’s new home and away kit, and be visible around the training grounds at The Memorial Ground, Penryn.

Cornwall RLFC is the first and only professional rugby league club in Cornwall, competing in a league dominated by northern England clubs.


Luke Lovegrove, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

"Supporting and connecting communities across the UK is really important to us, so it is great to announce this sponsorship and be appointed as Cornwall RLFC’s official airline partner as they benefit from our newly relaunched route to Manchester. We are committed to serving Cornwall and are very much looking forward to working with the team this season and wish them the best of luck."


Rob Butland, Head of Commercial & Development at Cornwall RLFC, said:

"We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Loganair. Cornwall RLFC is fully committed to the Duchy both as an exciting location to live and work and as a desirable destination for visitors.

We know that many away supporters will also use Loganair when visiting us for games, and we are grateful for the airline’s assistance in transporting a small number of our squad who, for professional reasons, will remain in the North during the week and connect with us for games and key training sessions.

It is only because of Loganair's commitment to regional connectivity that these players are able to fulfil their potential as professional rugby league players whilst continuing their careers in other parts of the UK."