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.
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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.
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.
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.
A man from Cornwall killed in a plane crash at Newquay Airport has been named locally as Falmouth businessman Tony Richards.
The 68-year-old pilot died when the privately-owned aircraft went down on Monday night. Air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused the accident.
Air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused a privately owned plane to crash as it arrived at Newquay airport on Monday night, killing the pilot.
Police have confirmed he was a 68-year-old man from Cornwall. The airport was closed overnight, with all flights diverted to Exeter, but has since reopened. Steve Hardy has more.
MP Steve Double has offered his condolences to family of pilot killed in crash at Newquay airport.
I was very sad to hear the news of the air crash last night at Newquay Airport that took the life of a local pilot. My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s family, they have my deepest sympathy.
The AAIB is attending the scene and we will hear from them in due course as to the cause of this dreadful accident.
I spoke with the management at Newquay Airport last night and they briefed me on the incident and the steps that the emergency services had taken.
Despite these efforts the pilot sadly died at the scene.
A 68-year-old local man has died in the Newquay Airport crash, police say.
The twin-engine plane, which was privately owned, was preparing to land when the crash happened on land off the runway.
The pilot, a 68-year-old local man and the sole occupant of the aircraft, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Police, ambulance and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.
The aircraft remains in situ pending an investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.
Newquay Airport was closed for a short time but has now fully re-opened and operating as normal.
Newquay Airport say flights were diverted to Exeter while the airport was shut on Monday night. It is now open, and operating as normal.
We can confirm that an accident took place yesterday evening at around 19:35 at Newquay Cornwall Airport involving a light aircraft. The emergency services were in attendance and dealt with the accident.
It has been confirmed that the pilot of the twin engine aircraft was sadly killed in the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pilot at this very difficult time.
The Airport is assisting Devon and Cornwall Police and the AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) with their investigation.