11 MAY 2015
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Following the promotion of AFC Bournemouth to the English Premier League the management of the MAG Plc owned airport is considering ways of coping with an expected increase in the number of visitors and VIP aircraft. Last year the operation, situated to the east of the resort town, and 4 miles via dual carriageway from the Goldsands Stadium, moved just 600,000 passengers.
Management is taking advice from sister airports Manchester and East Midlands, well-versed in dealing with the often unique requirements that come with football fliers. Ideas currently being considered include a dedicated lounge for friends and families of the team, creating a "fast-track" processing lane at arrivals for teams and their kit, and a revision of the landing rates for football-related private jets on match days.
Paul Knight, General Manager of Bournemouth Airport, said: “We are keen to play the best role we can in ensuring that their first season in the Premier League is as successful as possible and choosing to fly to away games as opposed to making long journey by road seems a smart move in any coaching manual”. Currently there are no domestic services except Glasgow.
Football experts will note that AFC Bournemouth will top the table 8 August deposing the resident, Arsenal. www.bournemouthairport.com
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