More routes to and from Newquay Airport and no ADF.
Newquay Airport is in the news again for positive reasons with the Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill recently visiting the airport to see for himself the significant growth which has been taking place at Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone over the past six months.
As reported in previous blog posts, the Cabinet voted in favour to remove the £5 Airport Development Fee (ADF). The good news is the ADF will be removed from 27 March as part of a package of measures to help encourage new airlines to fly from Cornwall.
This encouragement has started to work, with new regional and international routes to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay for the Summer 2016 season will include Aberdeen, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow (Flybe); Alicante and Frankfurt Hahn (Ryanair) as well as an increased schedule to Dublin (Aer Lingus ).
These routes are in addition to the existing routes offered by the Airport which include year-round flights to Manchester and London Gatwick with Flybe and daily direct flights between Newquay and the Isles of Scilly with Skybus. Other existing routes include Birmingham, London Stansted, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle (Flybe) and Dusseldorf (Eurowings).
Flybe announced last year that it was switching from the existing turbo prop aircraft to the larger 118-seat Embraer jet aircraft on its three times a day London Gatwick route. These new jet aircraft type are due to come into service on Sunday, 27 March. The larger jet will provide an additional 40,000 departing seats from Newquay over a 12 month. These aircraft will also reduce the transit times by 10 minutes each way.
Critics against the airport will highlight this facility still receives around £2.5m in subsidy from Cornwall Council. This subsidy has reduced over the years, and will further reduce as the airport grows.
The airport is also one of the Governments short-listed sites for the UK’s space port. If the airport becomes the space port, more airlines will want to operate to and from this airport.