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Plymouth airport to shut

28 Apr 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Plymouth City Airport is set to close by the end of this year, its owner the Sutton Harbour Group has announced.

The news comes as a blow for the airport’s main passenger airline Air Southwest.

A spokesman for the carrier said the announcement was “disappointing for Air Southwest and for Plymouth”.

However, he said the announcement had provided “much-needed clarity”, after a “difficult and protracted period of uncertainty”.

“Air Southwest plans to continue to provide flights from Plymouth City Airport to its current range of destinations for as long as the airport remains operational,” added the spokesman.

Air Southwest, previously owned by the Sutton Harbour Group and sold to Eastern Airways last year (see online news September 20, 2010), had already cancelled a number of its routes from Plymouth, including London City and Gatwick.

With the news of Plymouth’s closure the regional airline will in the future focus on its Newquay and Bristol bases.

The spokesman said: “In particular, Air Southwest is firmly established as the main year-round carrier from Newquay Cornwall Airport, with locally based aircraft and crews, and fully intends to continue serving the travel needs of Cornwall.”

For more information visit plymouthairport.com, airsouthwest.com.

Report by Sara Turner

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