Regional & City Airports owns and operates Bournemouth Airport, Coventry Airport, Exeter Airport and Norwich Airport, and holds management contracts for Blackpool International Airport and Solent Airport (formerly Daedalus Airfield). Please click below to find out how we have maximised the operating and growth potential of each of our seven airports.
Blackpool Airport is a thriving airfield supporting helicopter services to off shore installations and extensive general aviation operations. It is an important regional facility at the heart of a major Enterprise Zone serving a growing economy.
Under RCA management the airport’s operational structure has been realigned to significantly reduce the cost base and operating costs have also reduced, by nearly 40%, through a rationalisation of the organisational structure, multi-skilling and tasking employees and a focus on improved procurement.
In December 2017, Regional & City Airports completed its fourth regional UK airport acquisition with the purchase of Bournemouth Airport - underlining the group’s ongoing intent to create a significant new player in the UK’s vital regional airports market.
Bournemouth Airport welcomes over 800,000 passengers a year who use the airport to fly to destinations across Europe, and RCA has ambitious plans to grow the route network available to travellers to and from the region. The airport is also home to a substantial business park which hosts a wide range of aviation and non-aviation businesses, and which has significant potential for growth as a core part of the region’s employment development strategy.
City of Derry Airport (CoDA) in the North West of Ireland provides a vital air access link for the community and performs a pivotal role in the economics of the region. The airport handles commercial passenger and general aviation operations with over 280,000 passengers using the airport in the last year.
For ten years under RCA management, we delivered significant efficiencies, operational improvements and cost savings by leveraging our expertise and sharing resources and experience with other airports in the group.
RCA and CoDA's contract reached its natural conclusion in April 2020.
Coventry Airport is situated at the centre of the UK close to all the major motorway networks, making it one of the most easily accessible airports. Coventry Airport is 60 minutes from London by train or just 35 minutes by helicopter transfer and has a catchment of over 8 million people living within a 60 minute drive time from the airport.
The airport is large enough to cater for most aviation needs but small enough to offer a bespoke and personal service. In the last twelve months Coventry Airport handled almost 35,000 aircraft movements. Whether it's commercial, corporate or business aviation, Coventry Airport has the capabilities to serve the needs of a growing aviation business.
Under RCA management, Exeter Airport has become a key asset to the economies of Exeter, Devon and the wider South West, supporting 3,000 local jobs and contributing an estimated £150m GVA into the economy.
The airport provides air links to 50 destinations handling in excess of 900,000 passengers, making it critical to businesses in the South West as a regional transport and Royal Mail hub. It is also an integral component of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point which is a significant infrastructure investment project unrivalled in size in the UK.
Norwich Airport is the principal aerial gateway to and from East Anglia, serving Norfolk and Suffolk and surrounding counties. It has a long history and sound levels of activity on scheduled and charter passenger activities handling around of 500,000 passengers a year, and as an aircraft maintenance base and a major operating hub for the southern North Sea oil and gas industry.
Solent Airport, formerly Daedalus airfield, serves the south coast and Isle of Wight area for private aircraft and passengers flying on both business and leisure.
Facilities at Solent Airport include a new executive aviation centre, aircraft refuelling services, on site engineering, hangarage and outdoor parking, as well as flying tuition and flight experiences.