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Transport minister visits possible spaceport site

By Warren Wilkins 10th May 2017

Transport minister visits possible spaceport site
TRANSPORT Minister Chris Grayling minds the Gap during a visit to the resort.

The dream of Newquay becoming a  space hub was given a boost last week with the visit of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to the projects planned for Cornwall Airport Newquay.
Mr Grayling was accompanied on a tour of the site by Conservative PPC Steve Double.
Mr Grayling said he believes the project is on course: “The Government is currently laying legislation to facilitate and regulate commercial spaceflight. The global space market is expected to be worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years. Spaceflight would offer the UK the opportunity to build on our strengths in science, research and innovation and Newquay could feature.”

Mr Grayling told the Commons in March that if the third runway at Heathrow was to be approved six regional airports could also be added to the Heathrow hub network, bringing the total to 14.
The new airports are believed to be Belfast, Durham Tees Valley, Humberside, Liverpool, Newquay and Prestwick. An additional 260,000 take-offs or landings would be permitted each year from the expanded airport, on top of the current cap of 480,000 which it has been suggested could open up capacity to regional airports like Newquay that are currently not served from Heathrow.

Mr Double added his support to the project: “One of the key things I have worked on during the past two years as the MP is to ensure that Newquay is the front runner to be the location for the UK Spaceport.
“I was pleased to be able to take the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to Cornwall Airport, Newquay so he could see for himself the potential we have. Not only do we have one of the biggest runways in the country, but we also have the uncongested airspace necessary and land for developing the facilities needed.

“Being the location for the Spaceport would bring huge economic benefits to this area, estimated to be up to £320million and 1,000 well paid jobs. It also has the potential to be a huge boost for local tourism. I am determined, if I am returned as the MP for this area on June 8, to work tirelessly to bring the Spaceport to Newquay.”

By Warren Wilkins 10th May 2017

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