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Millions lost in legal wrangle at airport; Airline boss says row has deterred passengers.

A SENIOR airline boss today admitted he had regrets about taking over Coventry Airport.

Tour firm Tui says it has lost millions of pounds in legal costs and lost revenue since it took over the airport at Baginton last year.

The company claims 18 months of legal wrangling with Warwick District Council has created uncertainty which has deterred people from flying.

Tui's chief operating officer Will Waggott today said he had some regrets over buying the site.

He said it had been a "waste of money" and strongly criticised Warwick District Council for opposing the development.

He said the whole saga over whether planning permission for a passenger terminal should be granted had been "frustrating" and hard to explain to the firm's board in Germany.

A planning inquiry into the development ended this week after four months of debate. Inspectors will now draft a report which will go before the government for a final decision.

Earlier this month, the district council performed a U-turn when councillors voted in favour of a 2,000 space car park at the airport. They also backed a mitigation package which would come into effect if the terminal went ahead.

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