Almost a third of Cornwall Newquay Airport staff could lose their jobs due to coronavirus lockdown

Almost a third of staff members are at risk of losing their jobs at Cornwall Newquay Airport because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The loss of business during the pandemic, coupled with the collapse of FlyBe which accounted for 70% of the airport's flights, means that as many as 36 jobs are now under threat.

It comes as Cornwall Council revealed that it could take years for passenger numbers to return to 'normal' levels.

Jobs at risk include those in cafes, retail and passenger services, as well as security, airside and office-based business support functions.

The company that operates the airport, and is owned by Cornwall Council, says it will look to redeploy affected employees elsewhere within the group.

Pete Downes, Managing Director of the airport, said: "Taking these essential steps to safeguard the future of the business will allow us to protect all the jobs that we can."

ITV News reporter Grace Pascoe has been speaking to the Airport's Managing Director Pete Downes about the announcement: