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Newquay Cornwall Airport is situated within five miles of the town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. Formerly an RAF base, the airport plays host to a number of airlines flying to destinations across the UK and a few in Europe, and expansion plans are in place to lift the airport into another class altogether in the near future.
The site is of interest as it was for a long time a USAF base that housed long range heavy duty nuclear bombers; it was kept well maintained throughout the Cold War years and as it played host to such heavy equipment is complete with a runway that can easily handle big long haul jets, something few provincial airports of this size can lay claim to.
New terminals and improved facilities mean that Newquay Airport is equipped to handle half a million passengers a year at the moment, and as it is in close proximity to some of the country’s most popular tourist attractions – the Eden project is close by – it is growing in popularity all the time.
The main airport in Cornwall – an area little served by air travel – Newquay Airport is one that has a bright future ahead of it and is easily reached by road, while the expansion plans include a proposal to make the airport even more accessible. Opposition from local pressure groups with concerns for the environment seem to be the only obstacle stopping the fastest growing commercial aircraft facility in the UK from joining the big time.