Cornwall

Free Newquay Airport drop-offs to be scrapped

Free parking for people picking up and dropping off passengers at a Cornish airport is to be scrapped, bosses say.

Newquay Airport said it was introducing a minimum charge of £1 from March.

Managing director Al Titterington said the change was partly in response to complaints from passengers who had been fined for overstaying a previous maximum five-minute waiting allowance.

Mr Titterington added the charge was also an effort to increase income for the Cornwall Council-owned airport.

He said: "We will be removing the free drop-off area and people will be required to park in the car parks, and we will be levying £1.

"All other airports are doing this. In Bristol, there is an express drop-off point with a charge of £1 for 20 minutes, and there is a similar charge in Exeter."

The airport has an annual council subsidy of about £3.6m.

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