New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
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Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Cornwall is a major tourism area attracting over 4.7m visitors per annum. It has been voted #1 Trip Advisor for the past four years and is valued at over £1 billion ($1.6bn)
- One of only 24 Government supported Enterprise Zones in the UK and a rapidly growing aerospace sector with companies based at the airport including AgustaWestland, Patriot Aerospace (Part of the Rigby Group), Bristow Helicopters (2015) and Apple Aviation.
- Other companies based in NQY 90mins Catchment inc Lockheed Martin, Babcock, Wrigley, A&P Group & Pendennis Shipyard.
- Newquay’s breath taking Atlantic coastline has made it the surf capital of the UK. Among several potential services, demand forecasts predict a route to Amsterdam could generate up to 68,000 passengers.
Marketing and other support
- Cornwall Airport Limited is both the Airport Authority and the Ground Handling Agent which offers an extremely competitive cost base which can be passed to the airline in very competitive commercial rates for new and expanded routes.
- Our in-house marketing team has in-depth knowledge of the local market and experience in developing and implementing effective inbound and outbound route marketing campaigns. This is especially important for new brands in the local environment.
- Excellent local media links help ensure comprehensive media coverage of route announcements and news.
- Strong local networks and contacts help facilitate partnership agreements and regional support for joint activity e.g. Visit Cornwall, Visit Britain/England.
Airport Catchment area
- 1.14m people live within the Airport’s 90-minute catchment area.
- There are 1.6m passenger journeys to short-haul destinations leaking from the catchment.
- The Airport’s inward catchment is the most significant factor, 4.7m visitors come to Cornwall each year generating up to 25 million annual visitor nights.
- Over 125,000 passenger journeys originate from the west of the Airport (meaning they drive past the Airport) travelling to the top five sun destinations from other UK airports.
- Services from Cornwall Airport Newquay typically achieve a higher fare per kilometre (€) than comparable services from Bristol and Exeter Airports.
- Cornwall Airport Newquay achieves the third highest fare per kilometre of all Ryanair’s Alicante services from the UK.
Freight & Development Opportunities
Cornwall Airport Newquay is home to the UK’s only aerospace-focused Enterprise Zone, Aerohub. Aerohub facilitates private sector investment within the aerospace sector and offers tax breaks and other financial support. Aerohub is the largest planning free environment in the UK with development land located within easy access to the operational airport.
- Adjacent to Cornwall Airport Newquay is a 35 hectare (87 acre) Business Park Development where businesses are able to locate with planning freedom and 100% business rate relief. Fully serviced plots are available now, with office and industrial units available for lease in 2018.
- Holt Lloyd required a facility large enough to hold a minimum of 5,500 pallets, and with ready access to the A30. The company had previously been unable to find a location suitable for their needs, and of the required size. £100,000 of funding from the Regional Growth Fund has been used to support Holt investment in to the facility. Holt Lloyd’s latest business growth in the area will have a positive impact on the local community. The business will create 12-15 new jobs in the Enterprise Zone, which will further support the existing manufacturing site in Newquay, safeguarding 45 existing jobs. The Aerohub Enterprise Zone offers two investment-ready development sites dedicated to cutting-edge aerospace and space businesses. Covering Cornwall Airport Newquay and Goonhilly Earth Station, both sites have significant development land and access to development support.
- In March 2013, Bristow Helicopters Group won the 10-year contract to take over the UK’s Search and Rescue operations from the Ministry of Defence. The launch of the Newquay civilian UK Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter service commenced on 1 January 2016. The operation of search and rescue services from the airport is of vital importance to the region and further integrates Cornwall Airport Newquay as a key asset both regionally and nationally. The geography of the airport makes it an ideal location for this new SAR base, maximising the overland coverage without compromising oversea coverage.
- In March 2017, Cobham Aviation Services signed a long-term lease to establish its rotary training operations at the Airport. The Airport is an ideal location for its operations with direct access to the maritime environment, unrestricted airspace and a large aerodrome site. Rotary operations is an increasingly important component of the Airport’s business and to have a global company based at the Airport is crucial to the growing cluster of aerospace companies in the Southwest UK.
Infrastructure & Operations
- Runways: One – 2,744m x 45m. CATIII/AGL Operations, Full Primary/Secondary Radar Services, IRVR/NDB/DMB, CAT7 RFFS (CAT8 Available on request).
- Operating hours: 0730–2200.
- Terminals: last refurbishment undertaken in 2016.
- Passenger numbers: Cornwall Airport Newquay saw around 369,000 passengers arrive and depart in 2016. Newquay’s passenger traffic is mainly domestic, with the busiest scheduled route, London Gatwick, carrying approximately 155,000+ passengers in April – March (2016-17). London Gatwick operates all year-round with up 19 departures per week.
- In addition, year-round scheduled flights to Dublin, the Isles of Scilly, Leeds Bradford and Manchester operated in 2016.
- In Summer 2017, 19 destinations will be served from the Airport, compared to 11 in 2015.
- Largest carrier: Flybe is Cornwall Airport Newquay’s largest carrier and handled around 73% of all traffic in 2016.