Boris sees airport’s £7.8m lift-off
Boris Johnson, with Newquay MP Steve Double, met staff including firefighters at Cornwall Airport,
14th April 2021
By Warren Wilkins
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Cornwall Airport Newquay to see first-hand how £7.8million in Government funding will be spent to upgrade the facility ahead of the G7 Summit in June.
Mr Johnson was given a tour of the airport last Wednesday, focusing on how how the investment will be used so the facility can welcome world leaders from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK, as well as invited leaders from Australia, India, South Korea and the European Union.
Improvement works will include enhancing lighting and security as well as strengthening existing taxiways and aprons to enable the leaders’ heavy aircraft to land.
Mr Johnson heard the upgrades will have lasting benefits, including supporting the airport’s bid to become the UK’s first “spaceport” satellite launch facility using re-usable rocket-launching aircraft.
Newquay MP Steve Double, who joined the tour around the airport, said: “The Prime Minister was able to have a tour and see for himself the work that has begun to upgrade parts of the airport ahead of the G7 leaders summit.
“This is part of the £7.8million the government has invested to not only prepare for the G7 but also as a long-term investment that will assist in making the airport ready for the spaceport.
“With the airport due to open again on April 30 and plans progressing to begin satellite launches next year, this funding will not only help secure the future of the airport which is vital for the Cornish economy, it will also pave the way for further investment and job creation when our spaceport begins operations.”
During his visit, the Prime Minister was also shown around the fire service at the airport, the air traffic control tower and the coastguard headquarters. The G7 summit is being held in Carbis Bay between June 11 and 13 to discuss post-covid recovery, debt and climate change.
Cornwall Airport Newquay will play an official role during the event. The Prime Minister has already stated he plans to use the opportunity to highlight the growth potential of Spaceport Cornwall, which could help attract inward investment.
Newquay Mayor Louis Gardner said: “It was fantastic to welcome the Prime Minister to Newquay Airport.
“These upgrades will dramatically increase the size and number of aircraft that the airport is able to handle, leaving a lasting legacy of upgraded facilities which I hope will in turn increase the number and scope of flights into Newquay and give us an economic boost for the future.
“A Prime Ministerial visit to any town and the associated national press interest can be a welcome spotlight and advertisement, but it is even more needed as we try and get the economy in Newquay and Cornwall going again.”
The Prime Minister visited Haven Perran Sands Holiday Park in Perranporth to see preparations for re-opening ahead of Monday’s easing of restrictions. He enjoyed an ice cream and met workers before heading to Truro where he unveiled an investment scheme for the city.