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Llifeline For Cornwall's Airlink to London?
4:27pm 23rd October 2013
Campaigners fighting to save Cornwall's airlink with Newquay say the government looks like subsidising it.
As yet, no-one will take over the Newquay to Gatwick route when Flybe pulls out in March.
Easyjet owns the slots but says it is not worth its while to run the service.
Now we are told the Treasury minister has agreed in principle to help support it.
Newquay and St Austell MP Stephen Gilbert said: "There's no doubt that the air link between Newquay and London is vital for the Cornish economy - supporting hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across Cornwall and thousands of jobs.
"The recent decision by EasyJet to pull out the route has put the link in jeopardy and I am working closely with Cornwall Council and the business community to explore all the options to keep it.
"I am delighted that Danny Alexander has indicated the Government will, in principle, help fund a Public Service Obligation route if that's the direction that the Council feels appropriate to go down. I am absolutely determined that we do all we can to keep the route."
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