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AH Lydd airport design
AH Lydd airport design

Construction work on Lydd Airport’s long-awaited runway extension is due to get under way this year.

Lydd airport, also known as London-Ashford Airport, overcame a long-running battle to get it’s expansion plans approved overcoming objections from environmental groups and protestors who claimed the proximity of the runway extension to the Dungeness nuclear power plant presented a risk.

“We are in the final stages of preparing the project that will see the runway extended and ultimately a new terminal built, says airport Chief Executive Officer Charles Buchanan.

“This will give a major boost to our ambitions, increasing the airport’s operational capabilities and attracting more aviation-related businesses.”

The airport’s owners has spent £35m upgrading facilities over the past decade, including the installation of a state-of-the-art instrument landing system, a new executive terminal with VIP facilities, improved passenger check-in and security, and a new departure lounge.

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