About NQY Airport

Cornwall Airport Newquay opens up its region to wider opportunity for both business and leisure passengers. The airport is particularly important in a peripheral sub-region like Cornwall, where transport infrastructure and distances from key markets can be a real business constraint, affecting growth, productivity and competitiveness.

By offering year round, frequent flights to cities like Manchester and London, it means Cornwall can stay connected to major airport hubs making both European and long haul flight connections effortless.  Whether you’re after a weekend break or visiting friends and family, NQY’s airlines take the hassle out of the long and expensive journeys by road or rail.

Our route network more than doubles in the summer opening up leisure routes for city breaks throughout the UK or for travellers to enjoy the impressive coastline, restaurants, golf courses and quirky towns Cornwall has to offer.  

For more information see Visit Cornwall's website.

Cornwall Airport Newquay diversified its business slightly in 2011 meaning we’re not as dependant on passenger growth, given the current economic climate.  Therefore a new strategy was developed ‘to attract, secure and grow, business and investment on the aerodrome and adjacent land’.  More details can be found on the ‘Aerohub’ section of our website.

The airport is a vital ingredient in making Cornwall an attractive place to do business and attract inward investment with major companies identifying air links as key component of its decision making process for doing business.  The links it supports to wider UK, European and international business centres and markets are vital for the wider business community in Cornwall.

We’re looking to expand our charter holiday network from Cornwall, which has been growing year on year.  Many thousand Cornish residents face long onward journeys to other airports for sun destinations, we are actively approaching tour operators to offer holidays from closer to home. 
Destinations we fly to...

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Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) Carbon Management

Carbon management at Cornwall Airport Newquay: an overview:

Cornwall Airport Newquay's operator Cornwall Airport Limited (CAL) is committed to:

  • Meeting or exceeding the 2020 Green Cornwall Greenhouse Gas emissions target set by its parent Cornwall Council, which equates to a 40% emissions reduction in the company’s operational carbon footprint between 2010 and 2020.
  • Working with partners (i.e. CAL’s tenants and hosted airlines) in-order to develop and implement a Measure, Manage and Minimise’ approach to managing Newquay Cornwall Airport’s carbon footprint.

Working with Cornwall Development Company and Cornwall Council’s Green Cornwall Programme CAL has reduced the absolute carbon emissions associated with its operations by approximately 30% between 2010 and 2013[1].

Due to increased activity of tenant’s operating onsite Newquay Cornwall Airport as a whole reduced its absolute carbon footprint by approximately 21% during the same period. This saving is primarily as a result of the airport having been connected directly to the renewable electricity supply from the adjacent Cornwall Council owned 5MW Kernow Solar Park in December 2012.

As a result of the carbon reduction delivered by CAL and the airport operators robust carbon account and management procedures the Cornwall Airport Newquay has met the requirements of, and been able to apply for accreditation under, the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 2: Reduction.

NCA’s Carbon Footprint the Numbers:

NCA’s total operational carbon footprint in 2013 was 1,280 tCO2e[2] of which:

  • 888 tCO2e (69%) is attributable to CAL operations;
  • 393 tCO2e (31%) arises from the onsite operations of CAL tenants. 

A full breakdown of CAL’s emissions 2010 to 2012 is displayed in Table and Figure 1. Initial indications from the 2014 CAL carbon dataset suggests that both CAL and the airport as a whole delivered a further as yet unverified carbon reduction during 2014.


ONsite fossil fuels

(Scope 1)



(scope 2)


offsite electricity losses & business travel

(scope 3)





Table 1. CAL Carbon Footprint 2010-2013: data table

Carbon Accreditation

Further details and full carbon datasets for CAL and the airport as a whole, alongside information about CAL’s approach to carbon management can be found here

Further information on CAL’s external verifiers can be found here:

Expert carbon management advice and support was provided to CAL by CDC:



[1] CAL’s carbon accounts have been produced by CAL and CDC in line with ISO 14064/1 and third-party externally verified to ISO 14064/3 by VerifAvia.


[2] NB. This carbon footprint relates to airport operations only air-traffic ‘cruise’ emissions are accounted for separately for EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) purposes as well as within the Cornwall Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Estimates of cruise emissions associated with NCA produced using the Eurocontrol Small Emitters Tool indicate that carbon emissions from civilian air-traffic using the airport have reduced by approximately 59% between 2009 (when CAL took over the running of the airport from the RAF) to 5.85 kT CO2e in 2013. This reduction is cruise emissions related to a reduction in air-traffic using the airport during this period.