Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) in the UK has seen a 22% growth in traffic, handling 453,795 passengers in 2017.

In July and August, the airport registered the greatest number of passengers, when it welcomed a 30% traffic increase with a total of 121,000 passengers.

In December, the airport recorded an 18% year-on-year growth mainly due to the Christmas flights to and from Birmingham as well as doubled services to Manchester over the festive period.

London Gatwick was CAN’s most-operated route with 964 flights offering approximately 228,000 seats in 2017.

The Isles of Scilly was the airport’s closest destination at 104km away, while the 1,511km route to Faro was the furthest.

“London Gatwick was CAN’s most-operated route with 964 flights offering approximately 228,000 seats in 2017.”

CAN believes that passenger traffic growth will continue to be maintained throughout 2018.

Cornwall Airport Newquay managing director Al Titterington said: “Our passenger growth remains far higher than the average with little indication of slowing down. It’s a credit to all those committed to ensure we remain a popular destination with an efficient Airport.

“One of the main focuses for the coming year is to gain a highly-desired link to London Heathrow. Following Heathrow’s recent announcement in the reduction of domestic charges this has become more achievable than ever before.

“The government has stated its support for a third runway at LHR and we have been a longstanding supporter of Heathrow expansion.”

Titterington further added that the airport is working with Heathrow and its airline partners to try and make this happen.