Airport’s passengers numbers flying close to pre-pandemic levels

Passenger numbers at Cornwall’s main airport are predicted to come close to pre-pandemic levels this year as it said about 450,000 passengers were expected in 2023.

Cornwall Airport Newquay is home to nine airlines, serving a network of 19 destinations.

It said that among these, the top performing routes include Alicante, Malaga, Faro, London, and Manchester.

Sam O’Dwyer, managing director of Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “The achievements we have witnessed are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire team. Cornwall Airport Newquay has evolved into a key player in the aviation landscape, providing a range of exciting travel opportunities for both leisure and business travellers.”

In 2019, Cornwall Airport Newquay experienced its busiest summer on record, welcoming approximately 460,000 passengers. As the world rebounds from the the pandemic, the airport is poised to beat its previous records. Forecasts for this year show passenger numbers almost back to pre-pandemic levels.

In June 2022, the airport processed 26,382 passengers, while in June 2023, this number surged to 47,396. In July 2023 around 57,000 passengers passed through the airport, back in line with the 2019 passenger volumes for the first time since the pandemic.

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