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Biggin Hill airport withdraws its expansion plans

PUBLISHED: 18:36 25 October 2011 | UPDATED: 18:36 25 October 2011

Jenny Munro

Jenny Munro

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Biggin Hill airport bosses have backed down from plans to operate a mainline scheduled passenger service from the site.

Managing Director of the airport Jenny Munro announced the u-turn on Tuesday (25) after it made its submission to the Department for Transport consultation on the future UK airport policy, on the same day (25).

Ms Munro said the airport’s expansion plans which were drawn up in 2005, were abandoned because airlines usually want to operate from where they already have a base.

She said: “The airlines generally want to operate to and from airports where they already have operational bases. There is still some space for them to grow at London’s mainline airports, if capacity is used wisely.

“It is our recommendation that Biggin Hill should therefore build on its successful and now well-established position as London’s Executive Airport, serving the business, executive and general aviation needs of the capital and the local community.”

This comes after the airport’s bid to extend its opening times during London 2012 Olympic Games were rejected by Bromley Council in August. The airport is currently used by executive jets, regional airliners and helicopters.

Ms Munro added: “London needs to be readily available for international business leaders to reach us easily, equally for our business and industrial pathfinders to efficiently interact with new and existing markets abroad. “Regardless of the ultimate solution, there will be no significant increase in capacity in the London area for 10 to 15 years at best. We must therefore be sure that wise use is made of the runway and airspace capacity that we already have, in order to protect London’s competitive position for as long as possible. Biggin Hill Airport’s role within that is to continue in its proven and successful niche as the only specialist Executive Airport in London, consistently offering flexibility, service, speed and efficiency to our customers.”

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