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Newquay Airport update

Graham Smith | 12:28 UK time, Friday, 3 December 2010

Some interesting stuff going to the Newquay Airport Development Panel next week - not least news of attempts to attract another airline to use the airport from November 2011. Good luck with that one.

Passenger numbers are down 7.7% on the 2010/11 budget forecast, mainly due to the loss of Air South West routes. Income is nevertheless up 9%. New car parking equipment will be installed next month.

The crucial Southern Access Route - a new road, potentially opening up vast tracts of land for development - has been delayed until the first quarter of 2011 because of European Union rules on competitive tendering.

The 2011 Cornwall Council subsidy will be £3.4 million, compared with nearly £3.5 million today. There'll be a new business plan by February.

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  • Comment number 1.

    The 2011 Cornwall Council subsidy will be £3.4 million, compared with nearly £3.5 million today. There'll be a new business plan by February.
    Graham Smith

    And how much does the tax payer get back out of this subsidy?

    And how many Cornish tax payers who live in Cornwall use this service?

    Or is this the poorer people in our society subsidising the rich people again?


  • Comment number 2.

    With Cornwall being the most west of England's counties, we need an airport to serve us.

    Without a decent air link we will never attract inward investment in the new technological industries.

  • Comment number 3.

    Dave the rave wrote:
    Without a decent air link we will never attract inward investment in the new technological industries.

    Surely this should be funded by central government, and not by a “Council subsidy” I was always under the impression that the council tax we pay was to provide services for the community, emptying bins and other essential things, not investing in industry.

    As we have experienced in the passed councils can drop clangers just by putting our council tax in the bank for save keeping.

  • Comment number 4.

    Carefull YC, your in danger of agreeing with TK.

    I have to agree with Dave the raves second sentence, he must have been getting us confused with Devon in his first.
    It is the Councils task to provide the infrastructure for local business to thrive, amongst a lot of other things, and a fast link to the rest of the world is, at the moment, best provided by an airport. (Independently run and financed would be best, but until that is possible, it seems that the council are left with the responsibility.) The argument for funding from central government, in today's economic environment is a non starter. History shows us that central government tends to keep things "central" at the best of times, the need for Objective One funding shows us that, so there is no hope now.
    In the future, perhaps the Internet will negate the need for so much business travel, just like they told us it would, but until then, it looks like it's 'planes or bust.

  • Comment number 5.

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