News from Ryanair that it will introduce new flights to both Girona (near Barcelona) and Alicante from early next year, will bolster Newquay Cornwall Airport’s route network to 24 destinations. The UK’s largest low cost carrier also confirmed a second daily service on its London Stansted route.
Ryanair’s news was warmly welcomed by Andrew Mitchell, Councillor and Economy portfolio holder at Cornwall County Council. “These new international routes are a real bonus to Cornish originating travellers who from next year will be able to fly directly to Spain from their local airport. The passenger survey we recently commissioned demonstrated a strong demand for Spain, so we are especially pleased to offer the routes that our passengers want.”
Newquay Cornwall Airport’s commercial and marketing team is very satisfied with the route development activity over the past year. Commercial Manager Karen Medweth commented: “It is especially pleasing that we have developed excellent relationships with our airline customers and have succeeded in meeting our target growth plan for 2008.”
Newquay Cornwall Airport has grown from just 11 routes early in 2007 to 24 in 2008, putting Newquay Cornwall Airport well above the average increase for a UK regional airport (typically 4%). This is a significant step towards Newquay becoming a commercially sustainable airport.