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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.


Pilot killed in Newquay Airport crash named

Tony Richards' plane crashed as it tried to land at Newquay. Credit: ITV West Country

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.

Investigation into Newquay Airport crash which killed local pilot

The plane crashed as it tried to land at Newquay. Credit: ITV West Country

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 offers his condolences

MP Steve Double has offered his condolences to family of pilot killed in crash at Newquay airport.

Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay Credit: ITV News

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.

– Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay

68-year-old man confirmed as victim of Newquay Airport crash

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.

– Devon & Cornwall Police
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