Newquay & St Columb local news

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...

Cornwall’s Labour activists divided over who they want to be their next leader

By Graham Smith Two more Cornish Labour Parties decided which candidate to nominate for leader last night (Thursday), with one backing Sir Keir Starmer and the other going for...

Decision soon on Flybe’s request for £100 million bailout

By Peter Tremayne A government decision is imminent on whether to offer Flybe a £100 million loan, to help rescue the struggling airline.  The loan would be in addition...

Skybus to quit Newquay Airport hangar and base all engineering operations at Land’s End

By Richard Whitehouse Isles of Scilly flight operator Skybus has announced that it will leave its hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay in May. The move will mean that all...

Branson pushes his first Virgin Orbit space flight back again – but this time by only 48 hours

By Graham Smith The date for Richard Branson’s first test flight of his LauncherOne rocket has slipped again, but this time by only a few days – raising hopes...

Everything you ever wanted to know about Cornwall’s spaceport project, explained in just 60 minutes with tea and biscuits

By Graham Smith Promoters of a Cornish spaceport are pursuing their battle for hearts and minds tomorrow (Wednesday) at a “drop in” session as Kresen Kernow, the new Cornish...

Cornwall hopes that new flights from Newquay-Amsterdam will keep open its window to the world, as Branson snatches Heathrow slots and confirms Flybe will be re-branded as Virgin

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is to introduce new flights between Newquay and Amsterdam, and increase services to Manchester and Edinburgh, as part-compensation for the loss of its connection to...

Flybe’s Newquay route reverts to Gatwick airport, as Branson snatches Heathrow for bigger things

By Graham Smith It’s official – nearly – that Flybe is to abandon its Heathrow airport landing slots.  Passengers from Newquay will instead be offered flights to Gatwick. The...

Newquay dogs home to close for “reconfiguration” of business model

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Francis dogs home, Porth, Newquay, is to close its kennel doors to new admissions with immediate effect – and is looking for new homes...

Branson takes taxpayers for a ride – you can still fly from Newquay to Heathrow, but only if you go via Manchester and Edinburgh

By Graham Smith The government has buckled to demands by Richard Branson for a £100 million tax-break to keep the troubled regional airline Flybe operational. The deal still leaves...

Cornwall “will not try to run its own airline,” promises council leader

By Richard Whitehouse The leader of Cornwall Council has ruled out the possibility of the authority operating flights to London saying it would be a “stretch too far.” Julian...

Flybe on the brink, as ministers meet to consider industry-wide tax breaks as a possible solution

By Anne North Today (Tuesday) looks like being make-or-break for the troubled airline Flybe, which connects Newquay to London’s Heathrow airport and other major UK cities. Crunch talks involving...

WW2 Lancaster bomber to be restored at Newquay

By Peter Tremayne A World War 2 Lancaster bomber is being rebuilt at Newquay airport.  Replica Aircraft Fabrications, based at Newquay’s AeroHub, is searching for spare parts to help...

Flybe continues its slow shuffle towards the exit, as hopes fade for the Newquay-Heathrow link

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is refusing to comment on multiple media reports that it is close to collapse, despite its “rescue” last year by a consortium including Richard Branson’s...

Newquay’s Boardmasters festival bids for 5-year planning permission

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s biggest music festival has submitted plans to remain at its current home for the next five years. Boardmasters, which takes place in August on a...

Council denies Newquay airport sell-off

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has denied it is planning to sell Newquay airport.  County Hall issued a brief statement this morning (Wednesday) saying that minutes of a meeting...