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Newquay Airport Passengers Drop

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3:10pm 22nd May 2012

Cornwall's main airport sees the biggest drop in passengers in the country.

Numbers at Newquay fell by 26 per cent in 2011, compared to 2010 according to the European Airport Traffic Trends.

It comes after Air South West pulled flights last summer, forcing bosses to try to introduce new routes.  

Cornwall Council, who own the airport, are hoping publicity from the Olympic Torch relay could provide a boost.

Ben Rhodes, Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Business Council reckons its future is secure:

"As we know, being down here in the peninsula, it can be problematic doing business up country. I think really the airport is vital for that. I think in addition, the new enterprise zone, which is trying to focus on developing the commercial side of the business really does offer a great opportunity.

"I think times are tough right now. I think as soon as times start picking up in the next few years, economic outlook improves, I absolultely don't see any reason why it shouldn't be reversed."

3:10pm 22nd May 2012

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