Newquay Cornwall Airport is seeing a sizeable increase in corporate aviation movements, buoyed by the rise in popularity of Cornwall for corporate hospitality, product launches and incentive breaks and regular visits by high net worth individuals.
“Private business aviation is an important and growing sector and in our business strategy, under the new Cornwall Airport Ltd, we are very keen to further bolster this activity,” said Karen Medweth, Commercial Manager.
Karen was one of the 11,250 trade visitors to Europe’s premier business aviation show, EBACE 2007, held recently in Geneva. Also visiting was Nick Weston, Managing Director of the airport’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Midwest Executive Aviation.
Midwest Executive has been based at the airport since October 2003, looking after all private aviation movements. Comparing the periods November 05 to April 06 and November 06 to April 07, it has seen a 77% increase in the number of business aircraft movements from Newquay Airport
“The airport’s 9,000ft runway means we can accept a wide range of aircraft from light aircraft and light jets through to VIP-configured wide-bodied Airbus and Boeing jets. Regular visitors include Bombardier’s Global Express, Challengers and the Gulfstream family. What is particularly pleasing is that we are seeing an increase in the use of Newquay Airport as a Transatlantic refuel point, taking advantage of the airport’s runway length and westerly location,” he said.
“Flying privately offers total flexibility and with the stringent security measures now in place on scheduled flights, passengers are noticing the time constraints and reduced luggage allowances more than ever before,” highlighted Nick.
Golf breaks, product launches and corporate hospitality are very popular with lunches at Rick Steins and the Jamie Oliver-inspired Fifteen at Watergate Bay is a big attraction for the city boys. “We also regularly have clients flying into Newquay to check on the progress of their boat’s construction in Falmouth and a fair number of celebrities too.