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Newquay Airport's Future 'Safe'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 4th October 2013

Officials deny the death knell is sounding for Newquay airport.

It is as the council considers doubling the air passenger charge to £10, every time we fly.

But it is scrapping the unpopular drop off charge, which meant drivers had to stump up even if they were only stopping for a couple of minutes.

Easyjet has already said it will not step in to save the Duchy's airlink to Gatwick - once Flybe stops.

The airport lost Ryanair flights back in 2011 - with the airline blaming the council imposed £5 charge.

One passenger arriving back at Newquay told Pirate FM: "I think it's absolutely disgusting. £5 was bad enough but £10 is absolutely ridiculous.

"This is going to put more people off and we're going to have more situations where they're withdrawing services."

But another added: "I think people would rather keep the airport open than not have an airport."

Alex Folkes is leading the budget consultation at the council, which owns the site. He said: "Clearly there are issues at the moment which we are desperately trying to resolve. But it provides a good service for business. It also provides a good service for businesses in Cornwall - bringing holidaymakers and other visitors into Cornwall, who spend money in the Cornish economy.

"What we want to do is concentrate on trying to reduce the subsidy that's paid directly, try to get more airlines operating from Newquay airport and try to get more services operating both into and out of Cornwall."

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