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Airport Future: Cornwall Airport Newquay due for G7 upgrade (Photo Credit: Cornwall Airport Newquay)

Managing director of the airport, Pete Dowes, reassured councillors this morning in a forum discussing the works that “the overwhelming majority of work will be undertaken by Cornish companies, supporting Cornish jobs.”

Mr Dowes continued: “The main work is focussed on the disused Crossfield runway… and the associated apron that connects with the runway. What that will give us is a couple of very large areas where very large aircraft can have the ability to unload and disembark.”

“It’s effectively bringing the surfaces of those areas back into commission so they’re certified for use.”

“It’s very important in delivering the summit, but the exciting thing for me and Cornwall Airport Limited is the long term ability to bring those investments forward and bring more businesses to the airport.”

Interim head of Spaceport Cornwall, Melissa Thorpe, said in the meeting that they were “still exploring the G7 works, and understanding what opportunities will open up off the back of it.”

The forum follows a statement released by Cornwall Council earlier this week saying:

“Cornwall Airport Newquay will play a major role in this event with the arrival of political leaders from around the world. The existing infrastructure at the airport would not support the needs of the aircraft types that will be arriving for this event and significant works are required.”