Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY/EGHQ)


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Newquay’s Atlantic breakers have made it the surf capital of the UK. Among several viable services, demand forecasts predict a route to Amsterdam could generate up to 68,000 passengers.

Newquay Cornwall Airport – close to the sea and surf with all the nearby fun – and rapidly developing into a centre of aviation excellence.

New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Route Evidence for viability
Palma
  • PMI is ranked #1 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 43,193 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to PMI (CAA Survey data).
  • PMI is ranked #1 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 74,009 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to PMI (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 396,577 passengers travelling to all destinations in Spain from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 614,562 passengers x travelling to all sun destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
Amsterdam
  • AMS is ranked #6 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 25,033 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to AMS (CAA Survey data).
  • AMS is ranked #2 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 61,241 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to AMS (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 25,033 passengers travelling to all destinations in Netherlands from NQY’s 60-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 61,241 passengers travelling to all destinations in Netherlands from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • A demand forecast has been produced which illustrates the demand for a double-daily service creating a passengers throughput of 68,000 per annum.
Malaga
  • AGP is ranked #4 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 27,956 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to AGP (CAA Survey data).
  • AGP is ranked #6 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 47,222 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to AGP (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 396,577 passengers travelling to all destinations in Spain from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 614,562 passengers travelling to all sun destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
Alicante
  • ALC is ranked #8 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 21,061 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to ALC (CAA Survey data).
  • ALC is ranked #7 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 44,444 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to ALC (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 396,577 passengers travelling to all destinations in Spain from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 614,562 passengers travelling to all sun destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
Dublin
  • DUB is ranked #5 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 25,464 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to DUB (CAA Survey data).
  • DUB is ranked #5 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 55,023 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to DUB (CAA Survey data).
  • Additionally there is a demand from the catchment of 203,000 passengers to US and Canadian destinations, 81,000 of which are travelling to destinations served by Aer Lingus (including BOS, JFK and MCO) from Dublin (CAA Survey data). Previous Dublin services have carried over 21,000 passengers per annum.
Edinburgh
  • EDI is ranked #3 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60-minute catchment – 33,342 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to EDI (CAA Survey data).
  • EDI is ranked #3 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment – 58,261 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to EDI (CAA Survey data).
  • Current operations do not provide capacity for the demand identified. At its peak 15,000+ passengers per annum were carried.
Hamburg
  • 5,338 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to HAM (CAA Survey data).
  • 16,616 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to HAM (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 34,054 passengers travelling to all destinations in Germany from NQY’s 60-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 81,435 passengers travelling to all destinations in Germany from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • Germany is the largest group of international tourist visitors to Cornwall, with an average of 100,000 visitors per annum. This may be due in part to the fact that Rosamund Pilcher novels, which are set in Cornwall, are serialised on German TV.
Munich
  • 7,508 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to MUC (CAA Survey data).
  • 8,299 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to MUC (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 34,054 passengers travelling to all destinations in Germany from NQY’s 60-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 81,435 passengers travelling to all destinations in Germany from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • Germany is the largest group of international tourist visitors to Cornwall, with an average of 100,000 visitors per annum. This may be due in part to the fact that Rosamund Pilcher novels, which are set in Cornwall, are serialised on German TV.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Cornwall is a major tourism area attracting over 4,700,000 visitors per annum. It has been voted #1 Trip Advisor for the past 4 years & 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.
  • Other companies based in NQY 90mins catchment include Lockheed Martin, Babcock, Wrigley, A&P Group & Pendennis Shipyard.

“Comprehensive Marketing support” for new and existing routes includes structural assistance from government agencies – and breathtakingly natural advantages such as picturesque Padstow.

Marketing and other support

  • Cornwall Airport is both the airport authority and ground handling agent and is therefore able to offer very competitive rates for new routes.
  • Both new and existing routes are supported with bespoke integrated marketing campaigns.
  • There are a number of branding and advertising opportunities throughout the terminal to help build awareness of new routes and airlines.

Press releases

People, Cornwall and Devon: The Eden Project is the most-visited paid attraction drawing in excess of one million visitors.

Airport Catchment area

Cornwall and Devon provide a 1.65m catchment, although inward catchment is the most significant factor, generating up to 25 million annual visitor nights according to varying estimates.

The Aerohub is currently home to Bloodhound SSC who are building a 1,000 MPH supersonic car, Apple Aviation, a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company and AgustaWestland’s €1.3 million Operational Flight Training Centre which was assisted by €400,000 in grants.

Freight & Development Opportunities

Newquay Cornwall Airport is home to the UK’s only aerospace-focused Enterprise Zone. The Aerohub @ Newquay Airport facilitates private sector investment within the aerospace sector and is expected to create around 750 high value and skilled jobs by 2015. The Aerohub is the largest planning free environment in the UK with development land located within easy access to the operational airport.

  • Adjacent to Newquay Cornwall Airport is a 35 hectare (87 acre) Business Park Development where businesses are able to locate with planning freedom and Enterprise Zone business rate relief.

St Michael’s Mount on Cornwall’s southern coast is only 30 minutes away. Skybus provides essential links to the Isles of Scilly in about the same time.

Newquay Cornwall Airport’s long 2,744 metre runway and many visitors are protected by an impressive fleet of Rosenbauer RFF vehicles. Ample proof exists to support the viability of routes from Germany and other frequent-visitor markets.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: One – 2744m x 45m. CATIII Operations, Full Primary/Secondary Radar Provision, CAT6 RFFS (CAT8 Available on request).
  • Operating hours: 0700–2130.
  • Terminals: last refurbishment undertaken in 2011.

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers: Newquay Cornwall Airport saw 184,511 passengers arrive and depart in 2013. Newquay’s passenger traffic is mainly domestic, with the busiest scheduled route, London Gatwick, carrying approximately 92,000 passengers in 2013. All year-round scheduled flights to Manchester and the Isles of Scilly served approximately 60,000 passengers in 2013. There is a popular summer route to Düsseldorf which carried 2,400 passengers (May – August) in 2013. Newquay also serves charter destinations including Italy and Turkey, with nearly 3,000 passengers being carried on charter flights in 2013.
  • Freight: Newquay Cornwall Airport saw 37,544kg of freight and mail carried in 2013.
  • Largest carrier: Flybe is Newquay Cornwall Airport’s largest carrier and handled around 75% of all traffic in 2013.

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