Great news for surfers and beach lovers - you will soon be able to fly from Southend direct to Newquay.

From April 1, Stobart Air, a Flybe franchise partner, will add year-round services between the two towns.

Flown under the Flybe brand, five weekly flights will initially be offered, before increasing to a daily service on May 1, in time for the start of the peak summer season.

Newquay, in Cornwall, is a popular holiday destination.

Located on the Atlantic Coast, Newquay has been voted “One of the nation's favourite seaside towns” in the prestigious Which Holiday Survey, “Best family holiday destination” by readers of COAST magazine, and has one of the UK's top ten beaches on Trip Advisor.

There is lots to see and do, including a zoo, water sports and zip wires.

There are onward flights from Newquay airport to Dublin, Liverpool, Birmingham, Isles of Scilly, Alicante, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt-Hahn and more.