Press release: 2 Nov '15

Visit Cornwall has branded Newquay Cornwall Airport’s three recent announcements ‘a triple triumph for Cornwall’.

Leading the hat trick of announcements is the news that from April next year the £5 airport development fee, which has been levied on departing passengers since 2005, will be abolished and that Ryanair will make a welcome return to the Airport with two new routes from Frankfurt and Alicante. The news that an Embraer jet will operate an improved service on the popular Gatwick to Newquay route from next summer completes the three announcements.  

“Good transport links are vital to Cornwall’s accessibility and attractiveness as a international visitor destination. All three of these developments will play a significant role in opening Cornwall up to new markets and fuelling Cornwall’s global reach,” comments Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall. “By removing charges, introducing new routes and improving services next summer Newquay Cornwall Airport will be in a stronger position than ever before and Cornwall’s visitor economy has a very real opportunity to benefit from having a successful regional airport.”

Thanks largely to the novelist Rosamunde Pilcher who’s books have been serialised on German TV, Cornwall is already extremely popular in Germany. The country is Cornwall’s strongest overseas market, currently accounting for approximately 2% of all visitors. With potential to grow this visitor base Visit Cornwall, which leads on destination marketing for Cornwall, is particularly delighted with the introduction of a twice-weekly service from Frankfurt. The service is expected to deliver an additional 10,000 German visitors to Cornwall in the 32-week period that the flights will operate, boosting the Cornish economy by £4.3 million. 

“The new Frankfurt route, along with the existing GermanWings summer service from Dusseldorf, will make it easier for German visitors to turn desire into action and visit our beautiful country,” adds Bell.

“We are proud to have been involved in facilitating this vital route development and it is perfect timing as we are on the cusp of rolling out a £5 million overseas South West Tourism Growth Fund. Through this fund we will partner with Ryanair on a joint marketing campaign to promote the new route in Germany. 2016 is certainly shaping up to be a very exciting – and busy – year!”