24 FEBRUARY 2020
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London City Airport (LCY) aviation director Pete Downes has been appointed managing director at Cornwall Airport Newquay. He will join on 4 May, in time for a period of significant change for regional air services.
Recent network developments at Newquay have included new routes to Aberdeen, Newcastle, Glasgow, Gatwick and Amsterdam from this spring, and the retention of a summer service to Heathrow (BTN last week).
Downes began his transport career at FirstGroup before joining Bristol Airport, where he was head of aviation. At LCY, he is credited with driving route development and airline growth, delivering passenger numbers of more than 5m a year.
Cornwall Airport Newquay chairman Tim Jeans, one time managing director of Monarch Airlines, said: "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.
“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."
Jeans added: “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.”
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