Newquay Airport Scraps Controversial Passenger Fee
Cornwall Council, who operates the airport, has announced that they are scrapping the charge.
The unpopular development fee was introduced in 2005 and raised around £430,000 in the last financial year.
The mainland authority says that revenue is up because there are more passengers using the facility.
Following the introduction of the government subsidy or Public Service Obligation on the Gatwick service, there has been a 16% increase in the number of passengers on that route to London.
Ryanair blamed the fee when they ended their Newquay flights several years ago, but have announced a press conference at the airport this morning, leading to speculation that they will recommence services.
The removal of the fee could help Scilly’s tourism economy by encouraging more flight connections at Newquay.
Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport, says a number of airlines have stated that the fee is a barrier to introducing services from Cornwall. He says its removal should attract more airlines to the airport.
They’re predicting a rise in annual passenger numbers from the current 220,000 a year to over 470,000 by 2030.