[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007, 15:56 GMT
Ryanair criticises passenger levy
Ryanair generic
Ryanair says the 5 charge is deterring visitors to Cornwall
Ryanair has attacked Cornwall County Council over its controversial departure tax at Newquay Airport.

The council started charging passengers a 5 airport fee in 2005 to improve facilities at the airport.

Ryanair, which halved flights from the airport in response, said Newquay had lost 80,000 passengers.

The council said it would not be dropping the fee which it said had had no overall adverse effect on the number of people using the airport.

Expanded terminal

Ryanair marketing manager Caroline Baldwin, said: "A one-way Ryanair flight from Newquay to Stansted can cost under 10 before tax.

"The levy effectively adds 50% to the pre-tax travel cost."

She said that with increased funding from the South West Regional Development Agency, there was no longer a need for the levy.

But the council said the fee brought in an extra 160,000 a month which had been used to borrow 10m.

Some of that has been used to fund an expanded passenger terminal.

Other operators at Newquay, Air South West, Flybe and Skybus, have accepted the charge.

8m upgrade for airport future
07 Dec 06 |  Cornwall
Airline to halve Newquay flights
31 Aug 05 |  Cornwall
Airlines react to Ryanair pullout
31 Aug 05 |  Cornwall
Airline warns of Newquay cutbacks
17 Jun 05 |  Cornwall

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific