Newquay Airport, Cornwall losses fear during Covid lockdown

The leader of Cornwall Council says he will continue to press for Government funding to help Cornwall Airport Newquay amid fears it could face further losses due to the second coronavirus lockdown.

The airport in Newquay faced a double whammy earlier in the year when it was first hit by the collapse of regional airlines and then forced to close for all commercial flights during the first lockdown.

Cornwall Council has said that the financial impact has been significant and has earmarked using more than £5million set aside for Spaceport Cornwall to cover the losses if the Government does not provide support.

The council has been working with MPs in Cornwall to press the case for funding to help the airport and Cllr German said that this will continue.

He said: “We wrote to the Prime Minister a cross-party letter which was also supported by the chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

“That was myself, Geoff Brown (council Cabinet member for transport), Linda Taylor (leader of the Conservative group) and the LEP chair making the request for funding for the airport given its importance to Cornwall.”

Cllr German said that he had had a meeting with the minister for aviation and St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double and said that the minister was supportive but that it needed approval from the Chancellor for funding to be granted.

Concerning the impact of the latest lockdown he said: “This lockdown having a further impact, that would be the expectation. We are waiting to hear from airlines and what their proposals are, there will be reduced flights given the restrictions on ability to travel but some travelling is still suitable for work etc.

“But further reduced flights will have further impact. That is a concern but we haven’t got an update now on what the impact could be.”

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