Ryanair returns to Newquay after airport fee scrapped

Ryanair returns to Newquay after airport fee scrapped

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Cornwall’s Newquay airport is to become Ryanair’s 17th UK destination with the resumption of flights next spring.

The move came a day after Cornwall Council confirmed it was scrapping a controversial £5 airport development fee at Newquay.

Ryanair dropped flights from Newquay when the charge for every departing passenger over 16 was imposed by airport owners Cornwall Council in 2006.

The low-cost carrier is now returning and will run flights from Newquay to Alicante and Frankfurt Hahn from April 2016.

Ryanair aims to carry 35,000 passengers in the first year on the two new routes.

The flights will operate twice weekly next summer.

Airport managing director, Al Titterington, told the BBC that airlines saw the development fee as "a barrier" to introducing services and said he was confident new services would now start.

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