MoD Commences Flight Training at Newquay Airport

Newquay Cornwall Airport has reached agreement with the Ministry of Defence for a 2½ month flight training scheme to go ahead. Starting next Tuesday, 15 February, Newquay Airport will be receiving military fixed wing aircraft to its runways.

Newquay Airport’s exceptionally long runway, combined with the relatively uncongested airspace in the area have both helped the decision to be reached.

Station Commander of RAF St Mawgan, Wing Commander Graham House, said: “This arrangement shows the need to work together, and what we can achieve when we do so. This agreement has not, to the best of my knowledge, been achieved before in the UK and places Cornwall in a good position to build upon. “It shows the need, and benefit, of co-existing in harmony. I wish to thank Al Titterington and his team for making this possible. “RAF St Mawgan exists both to support operations and regional development and the opportunities presented by closer relationships with Newquay Cornwall Airport and the Cornwall Council are clear for all – we must work better together in order to achieve more with less.”

This initial agreement between Newquay Airport and the Ministry of Defence will run until April 30 2011.

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