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Government pledges to protect Newquay to London air link as Danny Alexander pays a visit to airport

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, with Al Titterington, managing director at Newquay Airport

  • THUMBS UP: From left, Cornwall councillor Adam Paynter, Newquay airport managing director Al Titterington, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Newquay MP Steve Gilbert at Newquay airport.

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CHIEF Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, MP, has said the Government will do everything in its power to protect Cornwall's air link to London.

It was announced earlier this year that the Treasury had agreed to subsidise the Newquay to London Gatwick route through a Public Service Obligation (PSO) after air operator Flybe announced it would terminate its service over landing charges.

On a visit to Newquay Cornwall airport, Liberal Democrat Mr Alexander said keeping the link open would help the airport to expand.

"I think it has got a great future with the extra funding that I announced in the regional connectivity fund," he said.

"That enables the PSO to be offered for the four years that was wanted here – that will enable that service to be guaranteed.

"I think that with the new funding we've set aside to support the development of new routes on top of the PSO, it's a lot of support the UK Government is offering to Cornwall, and to developing this hugely important piece of infrastructure for the county, and so I hope that the airport has a great future." He hoped the money would "continue for many, many years to come".

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