Newquay Flight Suspension Begins

Newquay Airport, UK, has begun a three-week suspension of flights due to certification problems.
Control of the airfield, which for most of its history was known as RAF St Mawgan, changed from Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Cornwall County Council (CCC) ownership in 2004 after the MoD had indicated its intention to gradually withdraw from the base.
CCC took over air traffic operations from the RAF at midnight on the night of November 30/December 1, 2008. However, the airport cannot host flights until it completes work to get a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which it hopes to achieve by December 19.
An estimated 7,000 passengers and 200+ flights will be disrupted. All affected Air Southwest flights will operate from its Plymouth Airport base, approximately an hour’s drive from the Cornish facility. Ryanair, which is unable to use Plymouth because its aircraft are too big for the Devon airport’s runway, has cancelled its flights until further notice, while Skybus, which operates flights to the Isles of Scilly, will use Lands End aerodrome instead.
CCC is running a free shuttle service to take passengers between Newquay and the alternative airports.
The authority said it will consider “legitimate” claims for compensation, which could include those from both passengers and airlines.
Local Members of Parliament are calling for an investigation into what went wrong with the handover from military to civilian control of the airport.