Newquay & St Columb local news

Nearly 50,000 say “don’t bail out Branson” as tycoon’s Virgin Atlantic prepares to seek taxpayer support

By Anne North Nearly 50,000 people have already rushed to sign a petition calling on the government not to rescue Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline. Mr Branson, who was...

Newquay Airport now closed until further notice, and calls on the government for a bail-out

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has now closed, indefinitely, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. All scheduled flights to and from the airport are now suspended.  In recent weeks...

Confusion for Cornwall’s businesses as local BIDS send out mixed messages

By Richard Whitehouse Businesses in a Cornish town have been told they have to pay rates to a body set up to help them, despite many of them having...

No school on Monday? Keep Calm, Carry On – Malory Towers is coming to the rescue

By Anne North We might not yet have reached the stage of child-evacuees put on trains at Paddington by anxious parents hoping their offspring can escape Covid-19.  But the...

New route from Newquay Airport to London is “imminent,” says council

By Julia Penhaligon A new taxpayer-funded route from Newquay Airport to London is imminent, according to Cornwall Council leader Julian German. However, Mr German told a thinly-attended cabinet meeting...

Loganair delays the introduction of its Newquay service because of Covid-19

By Anne North Loganair, the Scottish airline which had planned to operate flights from Newquay to Glasgow and Edinburgh, has delayed the introduction of all Cornwall-based services until 28th...

Newquay Airport “might need a bigger taxpayer subsidy,” councillors told

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council may have to pay more to keep Newquay airport open following the collapse of regional airline FlyBe. The warning was made to councillors just...

Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £200,000 last year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council wrote off more than £200,000 in business rates at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone last year, according to new figures. A County Hall report...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s calm before the economic storm, as ministers ponder when to ban large outdoor gatherings such as music festivals

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s tourism industry is trying to prepare for the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, as new measures expected to be announced in the next few days...

Where have all the passengers gone? New figures reveal it was getting quiet at Newquay Airport, even before Flybe collapsed

By Peter Tremayne The difficulties facing Newquay Airport following the collapse of Flybe have been thrown into sharp relief by the publication of new figures which show an 11%...

New primary school for Newquay

By Richard Whitehouse A new primary school is being planned to open in Newquay next year. Newquay Primary Academy is set to be built next to Newquay Tretherras Secondary...

Flybe lands with a bump, unlikely to take off again, leaving Newquay Airport all dressed up but with nowhere to go

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport bosses are expecting to be called to an emergency meeting tomorrow morning (Thursday) amid strong rumours that Flybe will collapse tonight.  About 2,000 jobs...

Would you like to manufacture and supply the Virgin Orbit spacecraft at Newquay? Find out how at the Eden Project next week!

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has admitted to some “frustrations” as his Virgin Orbit project remains firmly rooted to the ground in California – posing questions about the future...

Back to school for Cornish students who went skiing in the coronavirus region of Italy

By Peter Tremayne Students and staff who have recently returned to Cornwall after a skiing trip to Northern Italy have been told they do not have to stay at...

Lots more talk, but still no action, as Branson delays again and heads for Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has pulled the plug on next weekend’s scheduled launch of his rocket, raising a new question mark over whether he will ever put a...

Cornwall to bid for “freeport” tax haven status?

By Graham Smith Cornwall could be one of the first places in the UK to become a “freeport,” following the launch of a new government consultation. New chancellor Rishi...

Flybe: has the cabinet reshuffle brought a government rescue down to Earth?

By Graham Smith The government has asked the private company Air Charter to stand by to rescue any Flybe passengers who might become stranded if the airline collapses.  A...

British Airways to fly Newquay-Heathrow from July-September

By Rashleigh MacFarlane British Airways is launching a summer route between London Heathrow and Newquay, creating the only direct route to Heathrow.  The service will run between 2nd July...

Work starts on £19 million Saints Trails

By Anne North Work has started at Goonhavern on the first part of a new 10.5-mile multi-use trail between Newquay and Perranporth. It will be the first in a...

Branson delays again – LauncherOne now not due to blast off before 29th February

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Richard Branson’s promised first flight of his LauncherOne rocket has been delayed for a further 10 days. The tycoon has again given no explanation, but the...