The Prime Minister flew into Cornwall today (Oct 27) to meet with local business leaders, in the wake of this week’s decision to build a new runway at London Heathrow.

The airport announcement has been broadly welcomed in Cornwall, with Heathrow having previously said that should it be given permission to build a third runway, it will increase connectivity to the regions, including an air link with Cornwall.

During her visit to Cornwall Airport Newquay, Theresa May said the decision to expand Heathrow was good news for the Duchy.

“It is important for the whole of the UK economy,” she said, “worth tens of billions over the coming years. But it’s also going to introduce more connectivity with regions in the UK and that’s why I’m here in Cornwall today because we can see from Heathrow this commitment to Heathrow/Newquay flights.

“I’ve just been sitting round the table with business people, the LEP, the Council, local MPs and so forth, hearing about their optimism for the future of Cornwall.

“Cornwall is an outward looking county. The connectivity with an international air hub will bring real opportunities for businesses in Cornwall.”