The Cornish gateway is set for a budget boost next year – and comes as Cornwall Airport Newquay sees its wider route network continue to expand.
Ryanair plans to connect London/Stansted, Dublin and Malaga with Cornwall Airport Newquay as part of its 2023 summer schedule.
Due to begin from April 23, the move will see nearly a 60% growth in Ryanair’s services from Newquay – which will complement existing links to Alicante and Faro in Spain and Portugal, respectively.
Eddie Wilson, Ryanair DAC, CEO, said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce growth for our continued operations to/from Cornwall Airport Newquay with our Summer’23 schedule offering over 25 weekly flights on five routes, including three new routes to Dublin, London, and Malaga. Ryanair is pleased to be a part of the recovery of local tourism by supporting 40 local jobs and delivering tourists to county Cornwall year-round.”
This latest development comes as the Cornish gateway continues to “witness a significant expansion of its route network”.
For example, Newquay welcomed new flights from the recently established Flybe on October 30. It currently connects Cornwall with London/Heathrow and Manchester on a twice-daily and daily frequency, respectively using De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.
Elsewhere, it was also revealed that Aer Lingus Regional (operated by Emerald Airlines) is earmarked to link Newquay with Belfast City from April 3 of next year on a four-times-weekly service – meanwhile, its existing Dublin rotation is planned to increase from four-times weekly to daily next summer.
However, it’s not been all positive news at Cornwall Airport Newquay after Loganair – the UK’s largest regional airline – previously announced it would suspend all operations at the regional facility this winter.
Daily services to Manchester and onwards to Aberdeen, together with non-stop flights to Edinburgh and Newcastle, will be withdrawn between November 2022 and March 2023, accounting for almost 300 flights. The Glasgow-based regional carrier also confirmed it would not now resume its seasonal links to Teesside and Inverness next summer and will instead redirect its planned growth to other airports in the south and southwest including Exeter and Southampton.