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UK. Cornwall Airport Newquay comes out top again

Gatwick remained its most-operated destination

Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) achieved an 23% increase in passenger traffic by the end of 2017, making the Southwest gateway the UK’s fastest growing Airport for a second consecutive year. Exceeding its previous strongest year in passenger numbers in 2008, and handling more traffic than ever before, CAN welcomed a total of 453,795 passengers in 2017.

In a monthly breakdown, the greatest number of passengers were handled in July and August when CAN welcomed a record 121,000 passengers, a significant traffic increase of 30%. The end of the year saw the Airport celebrate its best-ever December, recording an 18% year-on-year growth primarily due to the Christmas flights to/from Birmingham and a doubling of services to Manchester over the festive period.

London-Gatwick remained CAN’s most-operated destination with 964 flights offering nearly 228,000 seats throughout 2017. While the 1,511-kilometre sector to Faro was the furthest point served, the Isles of Scilly was the closest destination from the Airport being just a 104-kilometre sector.

Cornwall will see an enhancement to its connections to Germany this year, when Eurowings’ seasonal operation to Stuttgart joins the carrier’s already established service to Düsseldorf, and Ryanair’s link to Frankfurt-Hahn. Giving the Airport a 27% increase in seats to Germany for S18, Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier will commence a weekly service to the German city on 5 May, using the airline’s A-319 aircraft.

All services and destinations which operated in 2017 will serve in 2018.

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