Work to start on new airport expansion plan

Diana Dors
Diana Dors

After celebrating its 60th anniversary last year 2015 looks like being another landmark year for Lydd Airport with construction work starting on a new runway extension.

Capita, part of the design team for London’s £14.8bn Crossrail transport scheme, is managing and designing the 294m runway extension, plus a 150m starter extension.

Tender documents have been prepared and early in January pre-qualified contractors will be invited to submit offers.

An announcement about the successful contractor will be made as soon as the airport completes the planning conditions attached to its consent which was granted in 2013.

The airport is also working on a number of other projects which could see further announcements made about business developments at the Romney Marsh site.

Airport Chief Executive Charles Buchanan explained that 2015 will also see the airport showcasing its £25m development plans at international aviation events.

“We look forward to spreading the word about our ambitious investment plans with airlines, tour operators and other travel businesses attending these events.

“London Ashford Airport is the perfect base for airline operators. Our runway extension will enable regional jet aircraft to fly a full payload of passengers to a wider range of destinations across Europe.

“We are also providing much-needed additional airport capacity in the South East of England.

“We offer easy access to the motorway network, just 20 minutes to Ashford which also has a high-speed rail link that gets you into central London in just 38 minutes.”

The airport already caters for a range of aircraft operations and provides extensive services, including full air traffic control and navigational aids, an FBO with 24-hour operating capability, full terminal services and engineering and cargo facilities.

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