Cornwall Airport Newquay introduces Pete Downes as new Managing Director
Cornwall Airport Newquay is pleased to announce that from 4 May 2020 it will be appointing
Pete Downes as its new Managing Director.
Downes joins from London City Airport where he is currently Aviation Director and has been
instrumental in driving its route development and airline growth, delivering passenger numbers
in excess of five million per year. Starting his career in transport with FirstGroup, Downes
entered the aviation industry at Bristol Airport where he was previously Head of Aviation.
The appointment follows significant network developments at Cornwall Airport Newquay, with
new routes to Aberdeen, Newcastle, Glasgow, London Gatwick and Amsterdam commencing
this spring, and the retention of a summer service to London Heathrow. Having eight airline
partners flying to over 20 destinations, including two global hubs, Cornwall Airport Newquay is a
vibrant regional airport proudly serving the South West of England.
Tim Jeans, Chairman of Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “As we reach more destinations by air
than ever before from Cornwall, Pete is ideally placed to boost the future of the Airport and the
vital role it plays to connect visitors and businesses with our region. We are in a strong position
and Pete will bring his experience and knowledge to continue this strategic growth and enhance
our contribution to the Cornish economy.”
On his appointment, Pete Downes said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead the team
at Cornwall Airport Newquay, building on the airport’s impressive track record of delivery for the
region. Having spent several years working in the South West of England previously, I’m looking forward to returning and working together with our airlines, partners and stakeholders to
create an exciting future for aviation in Cornwall.”
Notes for editors
- Cornwall Airport Newquay welcomed 456,678 passengers in 2019.
- Cornwall Airport Newquay offers year-round flights to: Alicante with Ryanair; London Gatwick, London Southend, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford and Manchester with Flybe; Dublin with Aer Lingus; and Isles of Scilly with Skybus. As well as offering direct connectivity to these key cities, the routes offer connectivity to destinations across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
- Additional regional and international routes operate during the summer season, including:
- Flybe – Belfast City, Birmingham, Jersey and Guernsey
- Aer Lingus Regional – Cork;
- Eurowings – Düsseldorf and Stuttgart;
- Ryanair – Faro.
- SAS – Copenhagen
- Cornwall Airport Limited (CAL) is 100% owned by the Corserv Group which is a wholly owned company of Cornwall
Council. CAL is the operator of Cornwall Airport Newquay.
Cornwall Airport Newquay’s recent route development
- To launch:
- Flybe six times weekly to Amsterdam, 29 March 2020;
- Loganair four times weekly (daily in peak summer) to Aberdeen, 1 April 2020;
- Loganair four times weekly (daily in peak summer) to Newcastle, 1 April 2020;
- Loganair four times weekly to Glasgow, 22 May 2020;
- British Airways five times weekly to London Heathrow, 2 July 2020.