14 DECEMBER 2009


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Article from BTNews 14 DECEMBER 2009

Coventry Airport update

COVENTRY AIRPORT flight operations were shut down by the leaseholder West Midlands International Airport Ltd last Tuesday, who themselves were placed into receivership by the High Court the following day.  Ownership now reverts to Coventry City Council, the title-holder of the freehold.  Tenants and users have been seriously inconvenienced some more than others.  West Atlantic Airlines, Europe’s largest regional cargo airline, uses Coventry mainly as an administration and engineering base, its small nightly movements moved to Birmingham Airport.  Air Atlantique has been forced to cancel its pre-Christmas pleasure flights but the popular open day took place yesterday (Sunday 13 December).  Atlantic Flight Training is operating on a temporary basis at Wellesbourne and the other tenants have also relocated aircraft causing expensive logistical problems.  City Council Leader Ken Taylor said it was a "real blow" to Coventry and he believed the city should have its own airport.  He said: "We remain committed to the long-term future of the site as an airport and we will be doing all that we can to support the attempts to secure new ownership and on-going commercial management." www.coventryairport.co.uk

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