Newquay & St Columb local news

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...

EXCLUSIVE: Newquay airport to be privatised – posing new questions over a spaceport

By Graham Smith Newquay airport is set to be privatised.  The Cornwall Council-owned airport is being prepared for “an asset transfer as part of plans to make the airport...

Branson still going nowhere, as “final, final” spaceport deadline approaches in April

By Graham Smith Richard Branson has again delayed his first attempt at putting a rocket into orbit, as an April deadline for Cornwall Council’s capital budget approaches and questions...

I’m still “not quite ready,” says Branson, as Cornwall Council ponders its spaceport and dreams of California

By Anne North Richard Branson has admitted he is still “not quite ready” to launch his rocket for the first time, as tensions rise at County Hall over the...

Manx Gaelic pips Cornish in contest to name distant planet and star

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall has missed out on the chance to have a newly-discovered planet, and its star, named in the Cornish language. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has...

Branson delays again – first rocket launch now scheduled for mid-January

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project will stay stuck in the Californian desert for at least the rest of the year. The tycoon has confirmed that his...

Crowdfunding campaign to help soften the pre-Christmas blow, as Fifteen Cornwall joins the casualty list

By Julia Penhaligon A crowdfunding campaign to raise cash for 100 staff at Fifteen Cornwall has so far attracted £3,400, in a bid to soften the pre-Christmas blow of...

Two wheels good, four wheels bad: the Saints Trails to link St Agnes, Newquay, Perranporth and Truro

By Anne North Proposals for nearly 19 miles of new cycle and leisure trails should make progress next week when Cornwall councillors consider contributing £2 million towards an ambitious...