Pre-Christmas flights from Newquay Airport in Cornwall have been cancelled after problems with airport navigational equipment have delayed the planned hand over of the airport from the RAF to Cornwall County Council.
The delays will see Newquay Airport close for three weeks from Monday 1 December 2008, affecting thousands of passengers. Cornwall County Council officials were scheduled to take over the running of Newquay Airport from the RAF on Monday 1 December 2008 but have confirmed that the airport will now not reopen until Saturday 20 December 2008.
Ryanair flights cancelled until further notice
Ryanair has called the closure of Newquay Cornwall Airport a ‘farce’ and has cancelled all flights from the Cornish airport until further notice.
Ryanair will not re-launch services to or from Newquay Airport until they are confident that Cornwall County Council has proved that the airport has reopened and that there will be no further closures at short notice. This decision will mean that Rynair will not be operating any flights to or from Newquay over the Christmas period.
Air Southwest and Skybus flights affected
Passengers flying with Air Southwest and Skybus are also affected and will need to make alternative travel arrangements.
Air Southwest flights will now depart from Plymouth City Airport and passengers will be provided with free transport between Plymouth Airport and Newquay Airport. The moving of Newquay flights to Plymouth Airport will add over 1 hour to passenger journeys.
Skybus flights will now depart from Land’s End Aerodrome and free transport is being offered to take passengers from Newquay Cornwall Airport to the Land’s End Aerodrome for departure.
Advice for passengers
Newquay Airport officials are advising any passengers who have not heard from their airline to call a dedicated hotline: 01872 322 002 or visit the airports website for more information www.newquaycornwallairport.com. Passengers should also contact their airline direct.
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