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News Archive > General > Newquay airportīs soaraway success!

Newquay airportīs soaraway success!

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

Newquay airportīs soaraway success!
Airport staff jump for joy.

CORNWALL Airport Newquay is on schedule to experience its busiest ever year.

The facility handled a record 41,000 passengers throughout April, a 39% increase compared to the same period last year, and is expecting a 10-15% increase in passenger traffic for the remainder of 2017, which would be its fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth.

Cornwall Airport Limited, which operates the airport for Cornwall Council, believes the facility will start to get close to its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits if passenger traffic continues to increase at current rates. The 39% increase builds on a busy 2016 for the airport when its passenger numbers grew by 48%, which made it the fastest growing airport in the UK.

The facility is already well on the way to winning the coveted title again this year.
The increase in passenger numbers follows Cornwall Airport Newquay offering year-round flights to London Gatwick, Manchester and Leeds Bradford through Flybe; Dublin with Aer Lingus and the Isles of Scilly with Skybus.

The year round flight figures have been boosted significantly through the additional regional and international routes that operate during the summer season, which include Cork with Aer Lingus; Belfast City, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, London Stansted, Aberdeen, Doncaster, Sheffield, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool with Flybe; Düsseldorf with Eurowings; and Alicante, Faro and Frankfurt Hahn with Ryanair. Flybe also increased the frequency of its flights to Manchester up to double daily and Leeds Bradford up to five times weekly.

Airport managing director Al Titterington has high hopes of boosting passenger numbers further following a successful trip to Belfast where he attended the Routes Europe conference, an event where airports and airlines meet to determine future new air services. Mr Titterington had 11 meetings with prospective new carriers as he pursued his goal of attracting a hub connection with the likes of KLM or Lufthansa.

The soaring number of passengers travelling through the airport has had a knock-on effect reducing the amount of taxpayers’ subsidy needed to keep the facility operating. The subsidy paid by Cornwall Council to the airport is expected to be £1.3 million this year compared to £3.4 million three years ago.  

The unitary authority has previously been criticised for the amount of taxpayers’ money having to be pumped into the airport to keep it open, but the council has always stated the subsidy is worthwhile because of the benefits the facility brings to the local economy.

There were fears raised that abolishing the controversial £5 airport development fee in March 2016 would increase the amount of subsidy needed, but it has had an opposite effect with the money lost offset by the hike in passenger numbers following the return of Ryanair, which had left in protest at the departure tax.

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

Steve Thomas 28th May 2017 19:21
Nice to see equality working so well at the airport eh .....
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