Newquay Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Newquay Airport can accommodate the biggest commercial and military planes.
  • Newquay Airport is located in Mawgan in Pydar.
  • Newquay Airport used to be to the 203 RAF flying squadron.
  • Newquay has some of the world’s most recognised surfing tournaments.
  • The Newquay Airport motto is ‘now boarding’ a pun on surfing.

Newquay Airport Mini Guide

Our customers fly to Newquay Airport for a variety of reasons. Newquay itself has much to offer as do a range of top nearby locations. The table below details the time and distance to these locations from Newquay Airport. 
  Distance (Miles) Time in your hire car
Penzance 41.7 56 minutes
St Ives 40.6 53 minutes
Lands End 51.6 1 hour 11 minutes
Newquay 5.3 13 minutes

The Airport
Newquay Cornwall Airport is in the village of Mawgan-in-Pydar, 7.5km from the town of Newquay. It is a small regional airport, which previously operated as RAF St. Mawgan until 2009.

Newquay Airport

How do I get There?
You can fly into the airport from 15 airports in the UK. There is one seasonal route to Dusseldorf also.

How do I get to the Town?
You can take the Western Greyhound bus service 556 into Newquay, it leaves from just outside the terminal building every hour and takes about 20 minutes. Driving is a good option as it’s just a 10 minute drive via the A30 and A3059 and car hire at Newquay Airport is the easiest method.

What’s at the Airport?
In departures there is a seating area with sea views and Wi-Fi access is available. You will also find an ATM there. There is an executive lounge where you can relax, have a coffee and check up on emails before your flight, for a small fee. If you have hired a car you will find a car hire desk in arrivals.

Are There any Shops?
The Destination Cornwall retail outlet has a good selection of gifts and souvenirs and any last minute essentials you may need.

What if I get Hungry?
Coffee Republic has outlets in the main terminal building and departures. You can have a real Italian expresso and a hot panini while you wait for your flight.

Where can I Stay Nearby?
The Glendurgal Hotel is just 2km away from the airport. It is a 3 star hotel with 26 beach themed rooms, overlooking the Atlantic coast. There is a fitness centre and health club with swimming pool on-site. The hotel’s Watermark Brasserie and Bar is well known for its dishes using locally sourced produce. The 4 star Windward Hotel, is also 2km from the airport and has access to watersports and a sandy beach. You can have a drink at the hotel bar and enjoy the views across the bay.

What can I see in the Area?
You can visit the incredible Eden Project or browse the exhibitions at Tate St Ives art gallery. The city of Truro is also well worth a visit. Newquay is also the gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. With 10 diverse areas of rich heritage and natural beauty, 18 mining visitor attractions and a wide range of year-round activities, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site has something for everyone. You can download ‘Cousin Jacks – The Cornish Mining App’ for free (available in the AppStore & Android Market) and explore the World Heritage Site at your fingertips.

Anything Else I Should Know?
Yes, there is an Airport Development Fee (ADF) payable by all departing passengers aged 16 and over. The cost is currently £5.00 (2012).

Latest Update from Newquay Airport:

25/04/17 – Newquay Airport has just launched two new routes, including an Aer Lingus flight to Cork and a Ryan Air Flight to Faro

20/03/17 – Cornwall Airport Newquay has recently been named the fastest growing Airport in the UK. 

20/04/13 - easyJet are beginning operations at the airport this summer with flights to Southend and Liverpool commencing in June and July.

Driving in Newquay Airport

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    Rural Speed Limit

  • 70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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Car Hire Newquay Airport Customer Comments:

Had a pleasant week in Cornwall, glad we chose to hire a car as some of the areas we wanted to visit didn't have any public transport.

Malcolm - Scotland
14/07/2011 16:32 PM

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Newquay Airport (NQY) is also known as Newquay Cornwall Airport as it is the main gateway to this fascinating county in southwest England. Newquay is a stunning area and the number one British holiday spot thanks to its beautiful towns and fantastic surfing beaches.

As a result a lot of tourist attractions have sprung up in Cornwall, from the Tate art gallery in St Ives to the high quality seafood restaurants by celebrity chefs like Rick Stein. The Eden Project is one of the most incredible sights, taking advantage of the spacious Cornwall countryside to offer the world’s largest greenhouse.

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