Mascots from Cornwall's tourist attractions will protest at Newquay Airport today, to try and promote the county's tourism industry. Mascots from Flambards Theme Park and the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary are trying to spread the message that Cornwall is 'Open for Fun'.
Flights into and out of Exeter and Newquay airports are subject to delay caused by problems at the national air traffic control centre in Hampshire. But the disruption is not as great as that being experienced at major terminals including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
At Exeter, a flight from Belfast due to land at 0820 is not expected until 1030. The Paris departure scheduled for 0845 is now not expected to leave until 1130. The service to Amsterdam which was due to take off at 1015 is now due to leave at 1105.
At Newquay, there are delays to services to and from Gatwick. But both Newquay and Exeter are advising passengers to check in as normal.
The airline Flybe is expected to agree a deal with Newquay Airport today which will see it continuing to operate flights to London Gatwick until 25 October 2014 - Cornwall's only air link to the capital.
Meanwhile, Cornwall Council is applying for government funding to preserve the route after that date.
Flybe has said it regrets the inconvenience experienced by its passengers following the landing of flight BE806:
Flybe can confirm that the above flight landed normally and without incident at Newquay airport. However, due to a minor technical fault, it was deemed necessary that the 40 passengers disembark the aircraft on the taxiway, which they did without incident before being bussed to the terminal. As is standard industry practice, the airport’s emergency services attended the aircraft.
A plane made an emergency landing at Newquay Airport in Cornwall last night, after the pilot reported a hydraulic fuel leak. All passengers disembarked safely from the London Gatwick flight, and there are no reports of any injuries.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to the scene at around 9:30pm but the incident had already been dealt with by the airport fire service.