Newquay Airport is the main commercial airport for Cornwall, England, located at Mawgan in Pydar, 4.6 miles northeast of the town of Newquay on Cornwall's north coast.
Newquay Airport Map
Its runway was operated by RAF St Mawgan before 2008, and is now owned by Cornwall Council and operated by Cornwall Airport Ltd.
The base was home to RAF Nimrod aircraft, in the maritime reconnaissance role, from 1969 to 1992 which is why it has a long runway and can operate the largest and fastest civilian and military aircraft.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Newquay Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 133.405
Radar - 127.930
Tower - 134.380
Ground - 121.955
ATIS - 127.405
The airfield was opened in 1933 as a civilian facility, but was requisitioned at the outbreak of World War II and named RAF Trebelzue to support other bases in the Cornwall area. The base was renamed RAF St Mawgan in 1943, after expansion. The facility was then handed to the USAAF and there were a number of improvements, including the building of a new control tower and expansion of the current runway. The airfield was then put under maintenance in 1947.
Since 1951, it reopened as a Coastal Command base for ASWDU (Air Sea Warfare Development Unit) and for maritime reconnaissance, flying mainly Avro Shackleton aircraft, with support from a few Avro Lancaster aircraft. The last Lancaster in RAF operational service left in 1956. English Electric Canberras, operated at RAF St Mawgan as target tugs from 1970 until 1982. The base was also home to RAF Nimrod aircraft, in the maritime reconnaissance role, from 1969 to 1992.
On 1 December 2008 the airfield part of the camp (including the civilian side) closed but the RAF still remained on a reduced area. This was to allow full control of the airport to be handed to Cornwall County Council, with work including a new ATC tower and runway lights. The airport received a full CAA licence to operate in December 2008.
In August 2011, the UK government announced that the airport's bid to host an enterprise zone for aerospace businesses had been successful. From 29 March 2013, Classic Air Force has operated from the airport using a variety of aircraft, including the world's oldest flying British jet aircraft and the only flying Gloster Meteor T7. From April 2013 until 2017, it has also operated a museum in the 70,000 square feet Hangar 404, which was previously used to service the Hawker Siddeley Nimrods of RAF St Mawgan. Some of the now-closed museum's exhibits remain elsewhere on the airfield under different ownership. Since 2015, a new venture known as 'Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre' (CAHC), was opened at the Aerohub.
In June 2019, the UK government and Cornwall Council announced they were prepared to invest in the airport to create a Spaceport Cornwall as a base for Virgin Orbit. The system would launch satellite carrying rockets to space from under the wing of a converted Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet by the early 2020s dependent on the business case put forward. On 5 November 2019, UK Space Agency announced that it will provide money to establish Virgin Orbit operations at Spaceport Cornwall.
Getting to City of Newquay Airport
The Airport is located at St Mawgan, just 5 miles from Newquay on the North Cornwall coast. The Satnav Postcode is TR8 4RQ
The nearest train station is Newquay. The branch line from Newquay connects to the main train line at Par. For further information, visit Great Western Railway
Transport for Cornwall operate the bus service between Newquay and Padstow which stops at the Airport (Number 56). Coastline Travel Cornwall is Cornwall Airport Newquay's official taxi provider.
There are three convenient onsite car parks, all situated within easy walking distance of the terminal building. There is 30 minutes free parking in all car parks.
• More information on the official website