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Ryanair expected to confirm return to Newquay airport

Ryanair pulled out of Cornwall more than four years ago in a row over a £5-per head levy on passengers Credit: PA

Budget airline Ryanair is expected to confirm it's to resume operating from Newquay Airport.

Ryanair pulled out of Cornwall more than four years ago in a row over a £5-per head levy on passengers. Cornwall Council has decided to scrap the charge which was aimed at raising money for airport development.

Newquay airport's controversial £5 fee to be scrapped

The £5 tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport will be scrapped next year Credit: ITV News

A controversial tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport is to be scrapped. Cornwall council has taken the decision to remove the £5 fee from the end of March next year. The hope is that it will help encourage new airlines to fly from the airport.

The council says since “public service obligation” was introduced there's been an increase in the numbers of people using the airport.

Adam Paynter, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said that this had resulted in higher revenues which had, in turn, led to a reduction in the current level of subsidy provided to the airport.

Ryanair are holding a press conference tomorrow regarding the changes.


Bloodhound to be revealed to the nation

The Bloodhound will be unveiled in London today Credit: Flock London

The supersonic car known as the Bloodhound will be unveiled today.

The car engine was tested at Newquay Cornwall Airport, where it will return in November for its first test run.

The much-anticipated racer is aiming to break world records by reaching speeds of more than 1,000 miles per hour.

Newquay Airport's £5 passenger fee to be discussed

Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News

A meeting will take place today to examine Cornwall Council's decision to scrap the £5 'airport development fee' charged to departing passengers.

The decision was made last week with the hope that it will help Newquay win back budget airline RyanAir.

The council has been criticised for making the decision in private.

Newquay Airport scraps £5 passenger fee

Newquay Airport has scrapped the £5 passenger fee in a bid to win back budget airline Ryanair. Credit: ITV West Country

The Newquay Airport passenger fee is likely to be scrapped after a private meeting and vote by the Cornwall Council cabinet.

Councillors agreed to abolish the £5 Airport Development Fee by just one vote. But ITV News has learned that ten councillors have asked the council's legal affairs councillor to review the decision. That will happen next week - at another private meeting.

The fee was the first of its kind to be introduced at a UK airport. As a result of it's introduction, airline Ryanair stopped flying from Newquay. Ryanair is currently talking to several airports about expanding its routes.

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