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10.08.05
Airport Development Fee Introduced To Secure Future Of Newquay Airport

All departing passengers from Newquay Airport will soon be required to pay a £5 Airport Development Fee as part of a plan to secure the future of Cornwall's airport.

"Newquay Airport is essential for the future economic prosperity of the county" says Andrew Mitchell, Executive Member for the Economy. "It provides an essential lifeline for many businesses in Cornwall, and helps to overcome the problems of accessibility we face when marketing Cornwall, either as a business location or a holiday destination. The decision to introduce an airport development fee has been tough, but Cornwall County Council feels that this is essential in ensuring the future viability of the airport."

Colin Jarvis, Head of Transportation and Waste Management at Cornwall County Council, adds "Newquay is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK with passenger figures growing from 118,000 in 2002 to a predicted 334,000 for 2005. To cater for this demand, and to allow for future growth, we have embarked on a £2.8M expansion programme at Newquay airport to improve facilities for passengers. These will include larger and more comfortable arrivals and departure lounges, increased car parking and more car park pay stations, improved catering and increased security. This work is being jointly funded by the County Council, the Department for Transport and the Objective One Partnership.

"However, with uncertainty regarding the MOD's plans for Newquay Airport, there is a very real chance that the County Council will be facing huge increases in costs for the running of the airport in the future. For this reason it has been necessary to follow the example set by other airports and to introduce an Airport Development Fee."

The £5 fee will be introduced on 29th October. It follows similar initiatives taken by other airports around the world, including Knock and Kerry airports in Ireland. For ease of administration the Airport Development Fee will be added to the price of all passenger tickets, but children under the age of sixteen will be exempt. In answer to some of the concerns aired by operators at the airport, car parking fees will be reduced for vehicles staying three or more days.

For further information please contact Trisha Hewitt of Cornwall County Council on 01872 322186 or email: phewitt@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Newquay Airport through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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