Newquay Airport master plan launched

27.11.2008       Newquay Airport website and press release at

After nearly two years of dithering, Cornwall County Council – which owns the
airport – has  decided to release the Masterplan for the development of Newquay
Airport, incorporating a threefold expansion of passenger numbers between 2007
and 2030.  
There will be a series of public  exhibitions and presentations in the area, starting
on 1st December. Details below.
Newquay airport says air travel is essential to the UK economy and to promote
continued economic growth and investment in Cornwall.     Newquay Cornwall Airport
says it makes it easier for residents to get away for holidays as well as providing
a gateway to Cornwall and improving  the region’s access to UK and European business

Image depicting The Draft Masterplan

This is the front cover of the consultation document.

The airport acknowledges that forecasting and predicting future numbers is difficult,
in uncertain times.  

The passenger numbers growth projections are that numbers will rise from

350,000 per year in 2007 / 2008   to

1,010,000 by   2015/ 2016         to

1,150,000 by   2025 / 2026       to

1,430,000 by 2030 / 2031.  

and Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) would rise from around 10,200 per year in 2007
/2008 to 25,400 in 2030 / 2031.

They also want to increase business and executive jet traffic, from around 860
air movements per year now, to around 5,000 by 2030 / 2031.

Meanwhile, Cornwall County Council claims it   “wants the airport to become one
of the greenest airports in the UK and set new environmental standards for airport
related development.”

and it says the airport’s long-term vision is:

  • the creation of a safe, secure and efficient, commercially successful regional
  • a focal point for a major strategic employment area, based around aviation related
    and associated activities which acts as a key driver of the whole Cornish economy
  • an airport designed to the best sustainable development principles, offering
    a model for other regional airports.


Download the Masterplan documents:

 In conjunction with the Masterplan consultation a Strategic Environmental Assessment
(SEA) has also been undertaken. The SEA provides a sustainability appraisals of
the development options presented within the Masterplan and assesses them against
sustainability objectives. To download a copy of the SEA  please use the following


The Consultation

The airport is holding a series of exhibitions and presentations to present  their
ideas for the future development of Newquay Cornwall Airport and how  they propose
to carry these out   “in a sustainable, environmentally conscious and economically
beneficial way”.

St Mawgan – Monday 1 December

1800 – Evening Presentation

St Mawgan Village Hall, St Mawgan

Liskeard – Monday 15 December

1800 – Evening Presentation

Liskerrett Community Centre, Liskeard

Penzance –  Tuesday 2 December  

1100 – 2000

Lecture Hall, St Johns Hall, Penzance

Falmouth – Tuesday 16 December

1100 – 2000      

Bourne Hall, Falmouth Methodist Church

Saltash –  Thursday 4 December

1800 – Evening Presentation

The Guildhall, Saltash

St Ives – Tuesday 6 January

1800 – Evening Presentation

The Guildhall, St Ives

St Austell – Friday 5 December

1100 – 2000  

White Hart Hotel, St Austell

Bodmin – Wednesday 7 January

1800 – Evening Presentation

Main Hall, Shire House, Bodmin

Redruth –  Saturday 6 December

1030 – 1430

Redruth Memorial Hall, Redruth

Truro – Friday 9 January

1100 – 1800

Assembly Room, Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Truro – Tuesday 9 December

1100 – 2000

The Foyer, New County Hall, Truro

Newquay – Saturday 10 January

1000 – 1800

Sun Lounge, Hotel Victoria, Newquay

Helston – Wednesday 10 December

1800 – Evening Presentation

The Guildhall, Helston

Isles of Scilly – Thursday 15 January


Town Hall, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Bude – Thursday 11 December

1800 – Evening Presentation

Parkhouse Centre, Bude,


Members of the Airport Development Team will be available at each venue to answer
any questions you may have about the proposed development plans

If you would like to request a copy (you have to pay for it – see below)   of
the Airport Masterplan and would like details on the public exhibitions, please
contact the Airport Development Team at:


Phone: 01872 322000


Newquay Cornwall Airport Development Team

County Council

County Hall





Please note there is a charge for printed copies of the Masterplan and its Annexes to cover the cost of production. Reference copies are available at your local
library and District Council offices.  

The draft Masterplan core document is available for £15 and annexes for £5 each,
or the complete set for £35. The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), in
consultation in parallel with this Masterplan, is available for a further £15.  
Electronic copies of all six documents plus the SEA will be available on CD at
a cost of £5 each, to cover the cost of production and post.

. Click here to access the Draft Masterplan online survey