Newquay Airport expects to win bid to become UK’s spaceport

3 February 2016 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2016 18:30)

England’s Newquay Cornwall Airport expects to serve as part of a worldwide network of intercontinental airports if it can win the bid to become UK’s only spaceport.

England's Newquay Cornwall Airport expects to serve as part of a worldwide network of intercontinental airports if it can win the bid to become UK's only spaceport.

If the bid is successful, passengers could possibly take a direct flight from England to Australia via space that would reach them in a few hours.

The project, if made possible, will see the first home-grown spaceplane in England, attracting plenty of visitors.

"Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and the Dutch-founded Xcor are the possible operators for the spaceport in the UK."

This has every probability to transform Newquay in the far west of the peninsula into a significant international airport.

Newquay Aerohub as well as five other contenders have participated in a "speed dating" session at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Mayfair headquarters, reported Plymouthherald.co.uk.

Houston Spaceport general manager Arturo Machuca stated at the conference that with time there are possibilities to have a global network of spaceports running intercontinental high-altitude flights.

According to the Newquay Aerohub enterprise zone manager Miles Carden, Newquay had every chance of being an integral part of the global network of spaceports.

More passengers are expected to board the spaceplane to transport from Newquay to Australia as it is expected to cut down the travel time to four hours from the present 20 hours.

Newquay has fair chances to win the bid as it is located along the coast and not crowded, both conditions that are ideal for a spaceport.

Newquay Aerohub's bid will depend on the final details decided by the UK Space Agency and the UK Government, reported Cornish Guardian.

Newquay's runway used by the commercial airlines can be expanded to 3,000m but not "much more without major expense," stated Carden.

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and the Dutch-founded Xcor are the possible operators for the spaceport in the UK.