Tuesday 22nd January 2008
Newquay Airport expansion given green light
Construction and engineering jobs in Cornwall could be on the rise, while many more retail and administration jobs could be created, as a new airport extension plan has been given the green light.
Cornwall County Council gave the go-ahead for Newquay Airport to press on with expansion plans, allowing the hub to go forward with developments that could make it a more dominant player in the UK aviation market.
Among the developments on the table are plans for a new arrivals hall, while conversion of the existing baggage hall into a departure lounge and the construction of additional car parking space is also envisaged.
Andrew Mitchell, the council's executive member for the economy, said: "This is great news for Newquay Cornwall Airport and we can now press ahead with our exciting plans to develop the terminal and provide improved facilities for our airline partners and passengers.
"2008 will be a momentous year with a major investment programme delivering the move to a full civil operation, exciting new routes, new facilities and new capacity, confirming the airport's status as one of Cornwall's most important gateways."
Project director Chris Cain added that his team was ready to burst into action as soon as planning permission was received, with the week's developments bringing the initiation of renovation work much closer.
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