30 NOVEMBER 2015

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Article from BTNews 30 NOVEMBER 2015

Lydd runway go-ahead

Work on a 294m extension to the 1,500m runway at Ashford Airport (Lydd) is to begin next spring after conditions attached to planning permission for the project were met.

A progress report on the multi-million-pound redevelopment was presented to the newly-formed Lydd Airport Consultative Committee on Thursday.

Hani Mutlaq, executive manager, said construction should be complete by the end of 2016. He also summarised a host of recent investments and developments at Lydd, including a new £700,000 hangar to cope with demand for covered storage for light aircraft, and a search-and-rescue base for Bristow which became operational in August. 

Hani said a marketing campaign would be launched to sell Lydd to prospective aviation customers once work on the runway extension began.

“Our approaches to airlines in the past have always been met with the response that Lydd would be considered as a potential new route only when work to extend the runway was under way,” he added.

“Once we have spades in the ground, we will be redoubling our efforts to get airlines and other aviation businesses to consider the case for starting charter and other services.”   www.lydd-airport.co.uk  

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