Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY/EGHQ)


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Newquay has established itself firmly as the surf capital of the UK, with some of the best waves anywhere in the country.

New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Route Evidence for viability
Palma
  • A fantastic summer resort and by far the most frequently requested route by people living within the Airport’s core and extended catchment. The demand for access to one of the Mediterranean’s top tourist destinations is strong.
  • 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 travelling to all sun destinations from NQY’s 90-minute catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • The level of leakage and the responses to Airport Customer Surveys indicate that passengers are not destination specific but they want sun holidays from their local Airport. This is demonstrated by the new services from the Airport in 2016 & 2017.
Amsterdam
  • A hub connection from NQY is essential to the economic prosperity of the area for the potential onward connectivity to points all around the globe. It also offers strong potential as a tourism destination with traffic flows both ways. It is one of the most frequently requested routes from people living within the Airport’s core and extended catchment.
  • 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).
  • 1.3m passengers leak from the NQY catchment to other UK Airports which are flying to/from destinations which operate from AMS.
Malaga
  • A spectacular year-round tourist destination – this would be highly popular as a winter sun route for Cornwall, itself a seasonal economy, where summer travel is often impossible for those working the tourist season.
  • 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).
  • The level of leakage and the responses to Airport Customer Surveys indicate that passengers are not destination specific but they want sun holidays from their local Airport. This is demonstrated by the new services from the Airport in 2016 & 2017.
Tenerife
  • A spectacular year-round tourist destination – this would be highly popular as a winter sun route for Cornwall, itself a seasonal economy, where summer travel is often impossible for those working the tourist season.
  • 19,862 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to TFS (CAA Survey data).
  • 39,906 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to TFS (CAA Survey data).
  • TFS is ranked #10 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60 minute catchment.
  • TFS is ranked #8 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90 minute catchment.
  • 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).
  • The level of leakage and the responses to Airport Customer Surveys indicate that passengers are not destination specific but they want sun holidays from their local Airport. This is demonstrated by the new services from the Airport in 2016 & 2017.
Las Palmas
  • Another fantastic opportunity to provide a winter sun route that has often been requested by Cornish locals – the demand for out of season holiday options is strong from Cornwall’s own seasonal economy.
  • 7,453 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 60-minute catchment area in 2012 to LPA (CAA Survey data).
  • 15,953 passengers were leaked from NQY’s 90-minute catchment area in 2012 to LPA (CAA Survey data).
  • LPA is ranked #41 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60 minute catchment.
  • LPA is ranked #29 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90 minute catchment.
  • There were 218,040 pax travelling to all destinations in Spain from NQY’s 60 min catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • There were 396,577 pax travelling to all destinations in Spain from NQY’s 90 min catchment (CAA Survey data).
  • The level of leakage and the responses to Airport Customer Surveys indicate that passengers are not destination specific but they want sun holidays from their local Airport. This is demonstrated by the new services from the Airport in 2016 & 2017.
Edinburgh
  • An expanded link between NQY & EDI would help to link these two communities at opposite ends of the UK both with strong Celtic traditions. The current service is well used but does not cover demand.
  • 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).
  • The current operations of 2 flights per week (May – September) do not provide capacity for the demand identified. At its peak 25,000+ passengers per annum were carried.
Hamburg
  • A key connection for the North German market, this route would provide further opportunity to grow the 100,000 annual visitors from the country, as well as providing a connection to one of Germany’s most historical cities for Cornish tourists.
  • 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).
  • HAM is ranked #55 out of 175 unserved destinations from NQY’s 60 minute catchment.
  • HAM is ranked #26 out of 223 unserved destinations from NQY’s 90 minute catchment.
  • 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).

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.

Comprehensive marketing support for new and existing routes from our in house team, providing in-depth knowledge of the local markets.

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.

People, Cornwall and Devon: 1.14m people live within the Airport’s 90-minute catchment area.

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.

Newquay’s Aerohub is currently home to Bloodhound SSC who are attempting to break the world land-speed record; Apple Aviation who conduct MRO operations; recent additions include a Bristow SAR base; Holt Lloyd a car care product company and Cobham plc who use Newquay for their Helicopter pilot training.

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.

The airport is fantastically positioned for access to Cornwall’s many attractions as well as providing an essential link to the isles of Scilly with Skybus.

Cornwall Airport Newquay’s runway is one of the longest in the UK at 2,744m and is covered by a fleet of top-of-the-line Rosenbauer RFF vehicles.

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.

Vital statistics

  • 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.

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