4 JULY 2011


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2011

Lydd Airport Kent refurbishment

Kent’s Lydd Airport’s multi-million-pound development programme has taken another step forward following completion of the first phase of refurbishment work to its main terminal building.  The airport, directly south of Ashford, now has improved passenger check-in and security facilities, larger arrivals and baggage reclaim areas and a new departure lounge capable of accommodating up to 100 passengers an hour.

The upgrade also includes additional state-of-the-art CCTV and electronic access control systems to enhance the safety and security of passengers and aircraft.  A further phase of refurbishment will include the introduction of an arrivals carousel and check-in desk baggage conveyors, which will be completed before the end of the year.

More than £30m has now been spent on improving infrastructure and facilities at the airport which has a 1500m runway.  Lydd Airport has lodged planning applications for a 294m runway extension plus a 150m starter and a new terminal capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year.  The plans were approved by Shepway District Council in March 2010 but were subsequently called in by the Government.  A public enquiry began in February this year and is expected to finish in September. www.lydd-airport.co.uk

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