The Operational Flight Training Centre, based at Newquay Airport, are expecting a “significant expansion” and are set to create a variety of new jobs, boosting the local economy and strengthening the importance of the airport site.
After the announcement of their successful bid to the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), Augusta Westland’s plans received a major boost.
Their expansion plans at the Enterprise Zone Aerohub, Newquay Airport will increase capacity and capability across several divisions, creating additional high-value employment in Newquay.
Mr Alan Titterington, Managing Director of Newquay Cornwall Airport, said:
“Agusta Westland is a key partner of the airport and we have been working vigorously with them over the last 12 months to expand their operations at the Airport.
“Flight operations have increased significantly since 2010 and the announcement further embeds our partnership and recognises Newquay Cornwall Airport as a key part of Agusta Westland’s strategic objectives. This is a great boost for the Airport.”
Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said;
“Agusta Westland is a global company and their commitment to expand in Cornwall illustrates the value of aerospace and underlines our Enterprise Zone vision, for creating an aerospace cluster at Aerohub at Newquay Cornwall Airport.
“The additional high value jobs which will be created by AgustaWestland, and the associated benefits, will be of immense value to the whole economy. The LEP’s objective with Aerohub is all about creating well paid, skilled jobs – this announcement will certainly help our aspirations of achieving this.”
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