Newquay Airport News

Some recent news about Newquay airport:

Government subsidising flights between London and Newquay, and London and Dundee, by £4.3m over 2 years

The DfT has announced that £4.3 million of public funds will be given for two regional air routes, through PSO (Public Service Obligation) agreements. Flights between Newquay and London, by Eastern Airways, will be subsidised by Cornwall Council receiving up to £1.8 million over 2 years, which the government claims will help tourism and business travel.  The flights have been subsidised for many years.  The other route is London to Dundee, by Loganair, for which the government has confirmed that it will provide up to £2.5 million to fund direct flights for a further 2 years. Again, tourism and business travel are cited as benefits. PSOs are for routes where there is not enough demand to even half fill a small regional aircraft and that to attract a commercial operator to fly the route, the government has to provide a financial incentive.  So it is mildly curious that Robert Courts Aviation Minister talked of “the hugely popular London to Dundee” route. Over the years, there has been a lot of churn in which airline can be persuaded to fly these routes.

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Newquay airport hopes to have 10 airlines using it during summer 2021

6th April 2021

The airport has been closed to commercial flights for three months during lockdown. But services are set to resume at the end of April – with more airlines than ever connecting Cornwall’s airport with the rest of the UK and abroad.  Swiss airline, Edelweiss, has just revealed it will fly from Zurich to Newquay each Sunday morning through the summer from 4 July to 26 September.  Flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. Judging from the fares being charged, the link appears to be selling well. A round-trip from Zurich to Newquay on the first available date, 4 July, returning a week later, is currently priced at 367 Swiss francs (£282). And it continues …

British Airways have the PSO contract (since Flybe’s demise) for taxpayer subsidised flights between Heathrow and Newquay

The government agreed in 2018 to subsidise flights from Newquay to Heathrow. These were initially to be by Flybe. Flybe then collapsed in March 2020. The subsidy is through a Public Service Obligation (PSO) intended to give financial assistance to unprofitable routes, which are deemed “vital” for an area.  The cost to the taxpayer was expected to be £3,4 million, over the 4 years of the PSO, till 2022.  That would be £1.7 million from the DfT and £1.7 million from Cornwall Council.  It appears that since Flybe collapsed, the PSO was put out to tender again. British Airways is now being paid £125,000 per month to operate these flights. The website Simple Flying says “under the emergency order, the  [Cornwall] council will be paying British Airways £877,596 excluding VAT, to operate services to Newquay for 7 months …. According to details on the European Union’s Tenders Electronic Daily, the 7-month contract was issued as a result of the collapse of Flybe. Only one compliant bid, that of British Airways, was received in the 48 hours that the proposal was open.”  No passengers used Newquay airport in May 2020. The first flight date shown is 3rd September 2020.

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Cornwall Airport Newquay makes key Heathrow flights announcement

By Mike Smallcombe  (Cornwall Live)
7 JAN 2020

Tickets for Cornwall’s subsided daily service to Heathrow will be available to book beyond March this week after a period of uncertainty over its future, Cornwall Airport Newquay said.  Passengers have been angered for several weeks by the fact they have been unable to book Flybe’s daily flights between Heathrow and Newquay later than March 28.

Flybe and the Newquay airport have been tight-lipped about the future of the service, which was launched last spring. saying only that the summer schedule has yet to be finalised.  The route, run by Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe, is run under a public service obligation (PSO), jointly funded by a government and Cornwall Council initiative. It will be subsidised until at least October 2022.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Airport Newquay has now confirmed that tickets “are expected” to be on sale this week. “Tickets on the London PSO service beyond March 28, 2020 are expected to be on sale from the week commencing January 6, 2020.

“Although you can currently only book travel on the service between Newquay and Heathrow until the end of March, the PSO service to London is contracted to operate four daily flights, seven days per week until October 2022 and that commitment remains unchanged.


Flight link between Newquay and Heathrow in doubt, after just one year

A flight link between Heathrow and Newquay, Cornwall, started at the end of March 2019, with 4 round trips per day using Q400 propeller turboprops, is said to have done well, in terms of the number of passengers. But now Flybe is not selling tickets for flights on the route beyond 28 March 2020. The “booking horizon” for scheduled flights is commonly 11 months. The only route from Cornwall to London now on sale after March 2020 is a 4-times weekly link with Southend airport. Earlier this year, a consortium comprising Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and a US hedge fund, Cyrus Capital, bought Flybe for £2.8m. They have pumped in tens of millions of pounds to keep Flybe, which is heavily loss-making,  afloat. It is to be rebranded as Virgin Connect in 2020.  Before the Heathrow route opened, there were 3 daily flights between Newquay and Gatwick.  Flybe’s slots at Heathrow are valuable, if they want to sell them to sort out debts, as slots can change hands for over £50m a pair. From March 2018, the agreement was that for 4 years, the DfT and Cornwall Council would each pay up to £1.7m, per year, representing a subsidy of £5 per passenger – or £10 for a round-trip (with 170,000 passengers per year).

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Flybe’s Newquay link with Heathrow takes off courtesy of taxpayer PSO subsidy (£6.2m over 8 years)

From next weekend people flying between Newquay and Heathrow will get a £5 subsidy each, from UK taxpayers. There will be 4 flights per day both ways. Newquay airport is not particularly near anywhere – other than surfing beaches. The service will be Heathrow’s only subsidised service, run under a public service obligation (PSO).  PSOs are defined under European aviation regulations as “scheduled air services on routes which are vital for the economic development of the region they serve”.   That means for routes where there is not enough demand to even half fill a small regional aircraft and that to attract a commercial operator to fly the route, the government has to provide a financial incentive. The cost to the taxpayer over 4 years for this will be £3.4 million. (For 180,000 pax per year that works out at £5 each. But there were only <93,000 pax in 2013). The pendulum is swinging back to Heathrow, however.Heathrow has set aside a £10 million fund to incentivise domestic airline route development – needed to persuade regional MPs to back the runway.

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02.04.16   Newquay airport’s £5 fee ends

19.03.16 Badger stops plane from landing at Newquay Airport

22.01.16 Flybe to open new routes from Cornwall Newquay Airport to Glasgow and Liverpool

05.01.16 Cornwall Airport Newquay makes trade plea as new routes revealed

11.11.15 New Newquay air routes announced

30.10.15 Ryanair announces return to Newquay Airport with routes to Germany and Spain

08.10.15 Ryanair returning to Newquay after scrapping of £5 fee

12.09.15 Flying from Newquay Airport is your quickest route to the capital

27.06.15 Newquay Airport brings back easyJet route to Liverpool

25.06.15 Newquay Cornwall Airport passenger numbers below predictions



Newquay Airport Development Fee (£5 per passenger) axed after private meeting of Cornwall Council

A secret meeting of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has agreed that the taxpayer will have to pay more to subsidise Newquay airport. They voted to abolish the passenger levy, which is the £5 Airport Development Fee (ADF) that is charged for each departing passenger over 16 who boards a flight from Newquay. Newquay was the first to introduce such a tax in the UK, in 2006,to fund development of the airport. It is understood that the controversial vote was reached by just one vote and was pushed through by the deputy leader of the council. The hope is that the decision will help Newquay win back Ryanair. But removing the £5 charge will mean an increase in the amount of taxpayer subsidy, shifting the burden from those who use the airport on to the general public. It comes at a time when cash-strapped Cornwall Council considering selling off leisure facilities, reducing library opening hours and closing public toilets. A cross-party group had asked the council’s chief legal officer to scrutinise the Cabinet’s decision, and there is concern that the decision was taken in private. One councillor said: “Where there are matters surrounding the airport, they frequently like to put cloud of secrecy around it.”

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Flybe to have daily flights to Newquay from Stansted from 16th May


Flybe is expanding its Stansted’s UK connections with three new services – to the Isle of Man, Newcastle and Newquay. The service to the Isle of Man, which will operate three times a day by the end of March.  Next will be Newcastle on 29th March to provide passengers with twice daily direct connections during the week and daily at weekends to the North East.  Newquay will be the third new route to join Flybe’s network at Stansted with a daily service from 16th May having initially been announced as a ‘seasonal part week summer service’.


DfT signs 2nd PSO to pay £2.5 million so Flybe can profitably maintain Newquay to Gatwick route

The Government will pay £2.5 million, and Cornwall Council will pay £300,000, in a 4-year funding deal to enable Flybe to profitably operate flights between Newquay and Gatwick. The DfT says the public service obligation (PSO) will continue a link. There will be 3 flights each way on weekdays and 2 at weekends. The aviation minister, Robert Goodwill, said keeping the region connected to London is a “vital part of our long-term economic plan” and Danny Alexander said the route ”is vital for Cornwall’s businesses, tourist industry and residents” and “with a return rate of nearly £3 for every £1 invested, it’s a great deal for the UK taxpayer, as well as for the south-west.” The DfT says Flybe will operate the flights with the timings providing a convenient schedule for a full working day [eh? holiday-makers?] at either destination.” EasyJet took over Flybe’s Gatwick slots when the service ended in March this year, but decided to drop the Newquay service. There were about 92,600 passengers flying between Gatwick and Newquay in 2013, so over 4 years the £2.8 million would be about £7.50 each. Could the fare not rise by that amount, to save having to subsidise?

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Aerohub business park at Newquay Airport to gain £6m investment (from public funds)


The Aerohub business park at Newquay Airport is set to receive £6m for the first phase of the project.  The hub is part of Cornwall’s new enterprise zone, which is dedicated to the aerospace industry. The money will come from the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Regional Development Fund Convergence programme.     The development is predicted to create 2,500 jobs [says 700 below] and construction is due to begin in October. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “It’s a remarkable facility, we think about 700 new jobs could be created by this investment, its badly needed in this area.  Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be eased.


8 sites shortlisted for UK’s first commercial spaceport – Newquay, Llanbedr + 6 in Scotland

At the Farnborough Air Show, plans to build a dedicated launch facility were unveiled. The UK government has expressed its enthusiasm for this unlikely project. Of the sites revealed by he CAA, one site is in England, at Newquay. One site is in Wales at Llanbedr airport in Snowdonia national park. The other six are in Scotland: Campbeltown airport; Prestwick airport; Kinloss barracks; RAF Lossiemouth; RAF Leuchars and Stornoway airport on the Isle of Lewis. Publication of the shortlist has led to a scramble among the sites to win government backing. The Scottish government in keen on the idea, for the kudos of being seen to be a space nation. Operators now enter three months of consultation before the decision is made.The airports considered have to have long runways and have airspace that can be easily segregated to allow spaceplane flights to operate alongside normal aviation. Sites have to be remote from population, on the coast to minimise the risks from “down-range abnormal occurrences” – meaning spaceplanes crashing or bits falling off. Space travel is the highest carbon activity known to man; worse even than Formula One racing or using private jets.

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Newquay Airport ‘could become a rock concert venue’ – needs to earn money to stay afloat

January 12, 2014

Newquay Airport costs owner Cornwall Council about £3m a year in subsidies. It is not likely to make much profit just from its airport activities. It is now suggested the site could be used some of the time as a venue for rock concerts to help balance the books. However, a problem is the poor road links. It might also have go-kart racing and other activities, and has in the past held car shows, eco-car races, police driver training and filming of TV and commercials. Last year passenger numbers at Newquay airport fell, for a 5th consecutive year, to 174,000, down from 431,000 in 2008/9. The airport, a former military base, was hit by Ryanair and Air Southwest pulling their flights in 2011. In autumn 2014 Newquay will lose its route to Gatwick when Flybe is set to pull out, saying the service it is not viable. The whole airport area is about 861 acres, of which some 650 acres is an Enterprise Zone and 231 acres is development land, occupied by commercial companies. 87 acres is a solar park. Newquay is also paid by the government to stay open as an emergency airfield. The runway is one of the largest in the country so any plane can land there, as one of the first possible sites for planes coming in from the west.     Click here to view full story…


Government agrees ‘in principle’ to help fund Newquay Gatwick air link

October 23, 2013      THE GOVERNMENT has agreed “in principle” to help subsidise the Newquay to London Gatwick air link. MP Stephen Gilbert held a successful meeting with Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to discuss the possibility of securing a Public Service Obligation (PSO) for the route.  The subsidy, which is subject to EU red tape, is available to regions deemed to be peripheral or developing, where an air link is not commercially viable but is considered to be vital to the local economy.  It is one option available to Cornwall Council, which owns Newquay Cornwall Airport, in its bid to retain the Gatwick route after it is scrapped by Flybe in March.  Under a PSO, cash would be handed to an airline to ensure the route remained profitable.  If the PSO application is unsuccessful, and no other airline is willing to run the service, Cornwall will be left without an air link to London besides a summer service to Southend with easyJet.  Newquay Cornwall Airport is currently subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of around £3 million a year.  Click here to view full story …..

EasyJet to fly Newquay to Southend 4 times per week in summer, after it ends Gatwick to Newquay route

October 8, 2013     EasyJet is to increase its weekly flights between Southend to Newquay from 3 to 4 over the summer period only. This comes after EasyJet recently announced it would not continue its flights from Gatwick to Newquay. Almost 8,000 passengers flew from Southend to Newquay this summer by EasyJet. EasyJet – which took over the Gatwick route from Flybe – said there is not enough demand to run a year-round service between Newquay and Southend, and these route from Gatwick was not financially viable for them. A Cornwall MP said the loss of the link to Gatwick would be a “blow to businesses across Cornwall”. EasyJet said : “Following Flybe’s decision to cease operating from London Gatwick to Newquay, Easyjet carefully and thoroughly examined the commercial viability of offering year-round services on the route. Unfortunately, after much consideration, all of the evidence clearly shows that there is insufficient demand to sustain a service using an A319 aircraft with 156 seats.”     Click here to view full story…


Easyjet ‘to keep Newquay-Gatwick flights’

12 September 2013 (BBC)

Newquay currently provides the only direct flight to London from the far south-west of England.   Easyjet is considering saving the main Cornwall-London air link when Flybe stops operating the route in March, the BBC understands.Flybe announced in May it was selling all its Gatwick landing slots to Easyjet for £20m, blaming an increase in airport charges.It triggered fears the slots might be used for services between Gatwick and more lucrative destinations.Easyjet said it could give no update as “no decision has been made”.  Newquay Airport currently provides the only direct flight to London from the far south-west of England.The Newquay-Gatwick route is regarded as a regional economic lifeline, especially since flights to and from Plymouth Airport stopped in July 2011.  Flybe had said the sale of landing slots was part of a cost-cutting programme for the Exeter-based airline.  BBC South West Business Correspondent Neil Gallacher said he understood that an outline deal was in place that would see Easyjet operating a daily service between Newquay and Gatwick from the end of March 2014.  Passenger numbers have fallen for the past five years but a spokesperson previously said there would “be a strong demand” for the new services.  Easyjet also launched flights between Newquay and London Southend, in June.The key point is that the umbilical link is not going to be cut.I am told by more than one senior source in the worlds of business and local politics that the basics of a deal are in place that will ensure that a daily air link between Newquay and Gatwick survives, and it will be provided by EasyJet from the end of March.

One possible shape of the service may pan out as two flights a day, possibly down to one in winter.But, even if it is fewer flights, Easyjet are expected to be using much bigger planes: 150-seat 737s rather than Flybe’s current planes, which take up to 78.


easyJet flies into Newquay for first time

20.6.2013    easyJet has today launched its first ever flight to Newquay Airport with a Cornish pilot at the helm. easyJet’s inaugural flight arrived from  Southend – carrying the first of 20,000 visitors expected to travel to and from the region with easyJet this summer. easyJet will also introduce flights to and from Liverpool Airport on 4 July.  EasyJet hopes  Newquay will prove popular with holidaymakers from Southend and Liverpool this summer. “The new Southend flights make business trips or long weekends in the Capital easy and affordable as it takes just 45 minutes to reach London from Southend by train. The new flights will also open up a range of holiday destinations for people in Cornwall as both Liverpool and London Southend serve a wide range of European resorts and cities.” (So do Bristol etc, and Southend is not close to Stansted etc)

Funding confirmed for enterprise zone projects – 2 at airports

10 June 2013     .

The government has confirmed a £104 million funding package to progress work on 18 infrastructure projects across 13 enterprise zones.  Among the projects to secure the funding is the creation of a new business park adjacent to Newquay Airport in Cornwall. The package, which combines £45 million from government housing and regeneration agency the Homes & Communities Agency with £59 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Local Infrastructure Fund.  Eric Pickles said: “The government is putting its money where its mouth is and making sure enterprise zones have the buildings and infrastructure they need to make sites ready for business to set up in”. DCLG said the successful proposals would now undergo “further testing to ensure value for money for the taxpayer”.  The enterprise zone projects to secure funding include:  Aerohub Business Park, Newquay, Cornwall: Investment to support the creation of a new business Park adjacent to Newquay Airport, aiming to develop new aerospace related employment;  And Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone: Funding to upgrade and install roads and junctions, services and public realm for two sites that will provide more than 230,000 square metres of employment floorspace at Manchester Airport;



EasyJet launches new route from Southend to Newquay

6.12.2012     easyJet has announced that it will be further expanding its route offering from  Southend Airport with a new service to Newquay, from Summer 2013. The new 3 times weekly service which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays is expected to attract almost 10,000 passengers each year with the inaugural flight taking off from Southend Airport on 20 June 2013.  It talks about this fast connection to the “English Riviera” and its great beaches, restaurants and attractions.  Fares start from £30.99 per person (including taxes) based on two passengers flying on the same booking. “We are sure Newquay is going to prove popular with Essex travellers for both short breaks and longer staycations – not just for its surfing, but also for the simple and easy access it provides to the much admired Cornish coast.  EasyJet has also announced new services to Krakow and Berlin  launching June,2013 bringing the number of routes served from London Southend Airport to 14.    Click here to view full article …..

Newquay Airport: Passenger numbers down and down, subsidy up and up

September 18, 2011   Newquay airport gets a msssive public subsidy it is. Passenger numbers were supposed to be 550,000 and rising by 2012. Instead they are 239,246 and falling (figures based on provisional statistics for August 2011, annualised). Meanwhile the official subsidy from Cornwall Council has risen to £3.5m, though cynical observers might consider this only part of the story.  Click here to view full story…


Flybe steps in to save Cornwall route – Newquay to Manchester

27th July 2011    Flybe has stepped in to save the Newquay to Manchester route which is being dropped by Air Southwest at the end of September.  Flybe will start a four-times-a-week service year-round on October 30 with fares from £29.99 one way including taxes and charges.    Click here to view full story…

Newquay Airport Local Development Order application consultation until 9th March

11th February 2011    Cornwall Council has announced that Newquay Airport has applied for a Local Development Order.  This would grant the airport planning permission to carry out aviation related development, such as runway resurfacing, improvements to taxiways and the construction of aviation related buildings. These would be considered as permitted development. A consultation on this ends 9th March.    Click here to view full story…

MoD begins 10 weeks flight training at Newquay Airport

11th February 2011    Newquay Airport has agreed to become the first in the country to strike a deal with the Ministry of Defence for a two and a half month flight training scheme. From 15th Feb, Newquay Airport will open its skies to military fixed wing aircraft. The agreement comes as part of the working relationship that has continued between the pair since the MoD left RAF St Mawgan in Nov 2008. The MoD are keen on the long runway and non-congested airspace    Click here to view full story…

New report reveals Newquay Airport ‘going from strength to strength’ (?)

11th February 2011    A report seems to show that Newquay airport produces a great deal of economic benefit for Cornwall. This is despite receiving an immense amount of tax payers’ money.  The airport gets an annual subsidy from Cornwall  Council of £3.4 million. Newquay will also get £7.8 m from Cornwall over the next 3 years.  (The report says this is a saving to the taxpayer of £112.000 ….?)  Newquay also gets significant European funding.   Click here to view full story…


EC Funding (£24.3m for Newquay airport is approved

 5th July 2009
 A £24.3m grant to help redevelop Newquay has been approved by the EC. Officials said the money, from Cornwall Council, the EU and South West Regional Development Agency, conformed to EU state aid rules. It was approved because the airport’s transition from a partial military base to a fully civilian airport (up to 1.4m pax) was deemed beneficial to Cornwall’s development. The Commission has already awarded the airport a 22.5m £19m EU grant. (BBC)    Click here to view full story…
10.06.09 Lufthansa to resume summer Newquay flights
02.06.09 Ryanair relaunch Newquay – Alicante flights
28.05.09 Flybe Newquay – IOM service takes off
24.02.09 New Newquay Airport bus service
14.01.09 Ryanair seeks damages from Newquay Airport
06.01.09 Free parking at Newquay airport


Ryanair relaunch Stansted – Newquay flights

03.03.09     Ryanair relaunched its flights between  Stansted Airport and Newquay Cornwall Airport yesterday. The move follows the cancellation of the flights prior to Christmas when the handover of the airport from the RAF to the county council was delayed, leading to the airport being closed for a time. Ryanair’s Maria Macken said: ‘To celebrate Ryanair’s return to Newquay, Ryanair is offering one million seats for travel across Europe in March, April and May beginning at £2 and increasing by £1 every day until Monday March 9 when they will reach £9. These seats include taxes and charges.’  (UK Airport News)


Ryanair delay Newquay – Spain flights

08.02.09     Ryanair has postponed the relaunch of its flights from Newquay Airport to Spain until June because of a strike at airplane manufacturer Boeing.  The budget airline, which had planed to resume its Newquay flights to and from Alicante in March, said the industrial action had delayed the delivery of an aircraft that was due to operate the route. However, this will not affect its Stansted – Newquay service, which is due to operate again from early March.  (UK Airport News)

Cornish MPs want Newquay airport inquiry

29th November 2008      Cornwall’s MPs, who are all Liberal Democrats, are calling for an investigation into the temporary closure of Newquay Airport. Cornwall County Council, which owns the airport, had been due to take over operations from the RAF on 1st December. But as the CAA did not grant it a licence in time it has had to cancel all flights in and out until 19th December. About 209 departures and 7,000 passengers could be affected by the temporary closure.(BBC)     Click here to view full story…

Newquay Airport master plan launched

27th November 2008     After nearly 2 years of dithering, Cornwall County Council – which owns the airport – has decided to release the Masterplan for its future development, incorporating a possible fourfold expansion of passenger numbers between 2007 and 2030. They want to increase the number of air traffic movements accordingly, and hugely expand their executive jet business. There is a 10 week consultation process, ending around mid February (no date given).     Click here to view full story…

Air traffic delay stops Newquay flights

26th November 2008     All flights in and out of Newquay airport will be cancelled for three weeks because the RAF will no longer be providing air traffic support. The MoD said it will vacate the RAF St Mawgan airfield, adjacent to the airport, on 1st December. Cornwall County Council, which owns Newquay Airport had been due to take over air traffic operations from the RAF on the same day, but there have been delays in securing a CAA licence. (BBC)   Click here to view full story…
02.08.08 BA suspend Gatwick – Newquay flights
12.07.08  (BBC)   Airport expansion grants scrapped
Airports in the South West will no longer get grants to expand from the South West Regional Development Agency. Instead the SWRDA wants to encourage airports to become “greener” and lessen their environmental impact, and it said it will not be investing in further airport expansion across the region.  Newwquay hopes to double its passenger numbers.
12.07.08 Airport expansion grants scrapped
01.07.08 Air Southwest and Flybe support Newquay Airport
14.06.08 Flybe axe Glasgow – Newquay route
08.06.08 Newquay Airport masterplan delayed
 06.06.08 New group fights Newquay airport expansion (below)

New group flights Newquay airport expansion

A new campaign group has been set up to fight the expansion of Newquay Airport. The group is angry about the environmental damage it says is caused by increasing numbers of flights and the economic investment from the airport’s owner, Cornwall County Council.
Stop Newquay Airport Expansion (Snaire) handed in a giant environmental ‘bill’ to Councillor Andrew Mitchell, portfolio holder for the economy with the county council this week. The group says the ‘final demand bill’ summarises the carbon dioxide emission costs of passengers using planes from the airport.
Oliver Baines, of Snaire, said: ‘Expanding Newquay Airport will encourage those who can afford it to travel further and more often, at a time when we should be looking to do the opposite. Currently, only a small minority of tourists to Cornwall arrive by air and even most business passengers admit the facility is not essential to their operations. The airport is sucking money out of the region, taking people to holidays in Spain and second homes in France.’
05.06.08 New arrivals hall opens at Newquay
21.03.08 Flybe announce Isle of Man flights to Jersey and Newquay
20.03.08 bmibaby add Manchester – Newquay route
10.03.08 New Cardiff – Newquay flights take off
20.02.08 Skybus to launch Newquay – Cardiff Airport flights
21.01.08 Newquay Airport expansion given go-ahead
16.12.07 Climate protest on Newquay Airport roof (below)

Climate protest on Newquay Airport roof

Environmental Protestors climbed onto the roof of Newquay Airport in Cornwall yesterday to highlight their concerns about climate change. The group of five protestors from campaign group Rising Tide wants to stop any further expansion, but airport managers said they were misinformed and had put passengers’ safety in jeopardy.   The protest coincided with the launch of a new route from Newquay to Geneva. Rising Tide is a national network of groups and individuals dedicated to building a movement against climate change. One climate campaigner said: ‘We really need to get carbon emissions under control.’

The climate campaigners were persuaded down by police and security staff after spending three hours on the roof. Police Sergeant Andy Buckley said: ‘We do have some concerns about the roof condition. There was some work taking place there so it’s important that we safely get the protestors down and establish whether any damage has been done.’    In a statement a spokesperson for the airport said: ‘These protestors are attacking an airport that is providing an enviable example on how to develop sustainable aviation.’

11.12.07 New Cardiff Airport – Newquay route for Skybus
07.12.07 Newquay Airport to offer record 20 destinations next summer
29.11.07 Flybe announce new routes from Exeter and Newquay Airports
26.10.07 Council funding for Newquay Airport development approved  (below)

Council funding for Newquay  Airport development approved

The future of Newquay Airport, Cornwall’s main hub, appears to be secure after the county council was told it can receive about £20m of state funding. Until now the airport has shared facilities with RAF St Mawgan. The money will be used to help convert the airport to wholly civilian use when the Ministry of Defence pulls out next year.   The Objective One and Regional Development Agency cash is about 50% of the £40m needed to convert the airport. Councillor Andrew Mitchell from Cornwall County Council said it was an important step. He said:’ If we hadn’t had the approval to have money from regional, national and European governments, we would not have been able to proceed.’

Former airline boss to advise Newquay Airport

19.10.07   Former Air Southwest and Brymon Airways boss, Malcolm Naylor, is to advise Newquay Cornwall Airport, it has announced. He will bring 20 years airline experience to the airport in an advisory capacity, working with the airport’s development team on commercial projects.Mr. Naylor stepped down from the AirSouthwest in May. He said: ‘ Newquay  Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports with vast potential and the benefit of significant EU funding. It has a vital role to play in boosting the Cornish economy through facilitating more business and tourism. I look forward to playing a key part in helping to achieve this.’The airport has expanded rapidly over the last 5 years, with passenger numbers increasing from around 70,000 in 2001 up to 352,000 in 2006. The existing terminal will be able handle up to 700,000 passengers by 2011 and a new terminal being planned will enable the airport to handle up to two million passengers10.10.07 Newquay Airport plans under fire  ( below)

Newquay  Airport plans under fire

An independent report into the future of Newquay Airport has exposed major flaws in Cornwall County Council’s plans for expansion, according to a local climate change action group.

Groundswell Cornwall commissioned the report to test the County Council’s claims that Cornwall’s future development can only be secured by turning the regional airport into an international gateway. The group says that the report highlights basic flaws in the County Council’s case.   A spokesperson for the group, Oliver Baines OBE, says: ‘This is the first time the County Council’s claims have been challenged. And they don’t stand up to scrutiny. Many are hopelessly flimsy. We are calling on the County Council for an immediate public debate on their plans.’

Mr Baines set out the following statements:   The County Council claims: cheap air travel is here to stay.   Groundswell says: the chance for cheap fuel in the future is nil.

The County Council claims: the wider debate around air travel does not apply to Cornwall.
Groundswell says: it’s cloud cuckoo land to think that Cornwall can insulate itself from global issues.  The County Council claims: flying leaves no more of a carbon footprint than driving a car.  Groundswell says: evidence strongly suggests that air travel is more polluting than any other form of travel, because emissions are released direct into the high atmosphere. [Some scientists suggest that emissions at altitude are twice as damaging as emissions at sea level.]   See full article.      The report is available from

27.09.07 Lufthansa announce Newquay – Dusseldorf flights
28.08.07 Record passengers at Newquay Airport

26.07.07 Air Southwest extends Newquay – Cork flights to 
13.05.07 Newquay Airport – Cork flights take off

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