Rebound continues at Cornwall Airport Newquay

Bernie Baldwin

With seven new services set for take off, NQY is anticipating record passenger levels this summer.

Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) in southwest England has reported annual passenger numbers of 250,000 passengers for 2022, a sizeable 138% increase over its 2021 figure of around 150,000. An expanded airline portfolio, which added new destinations to the route network, helped the airport achieve this growth.

With passenger traffic forecast to reach 450,000 in 2023, NQY expects to see its highest-ever number of weekly passengers travel through its terminal this summer. Growth is being aided by the addition of the seven new services announced so far. These will create links to Belfast City, Copenhagen, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, London Stansted and Malaga.

The airport highlights the effect of the increased service to Dublin by Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Emerald Airlines. The now-daily service enables onward transatlantic connections, creating one-stop links to cities like New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. With US immigration pre-clearance in Dublin, passengers will also have a smooth arrival. In addition, Aer Lingus Regional began a four times weekly service to Belfast City on 3 April.

Ryanair is adding four new links this year, to Dublin, Edinburgh, London Stansted and Malaga. This 60% increase in services means the carrier will operate more than 25 weekly flights during the summer season.

Eastern Airways has launched a daily connection to East Midlands, while also expanding services from NQY to both London Gatwick and Humberside following rising demand.

Finally, towards the end of the summer season, SAS will restart services to Copenhagen, adding to NQY’s existing direct international network alongside Alicante, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Faro, Malaga, and Zurich.

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