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Bromley Council consults over plans to allow Biggin Hill to extend its operating hours

PUBLISHED: 16:15 19 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 19 January 2015

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The airport says it has the support of thousands of people in the area

Bromley Council has begun a consultation into Biggin Hill Airport’s bid to extend its operating hours.

The airport has already held its own consultation, quizzing residents on their views before it submitted an application to the council to alter its operating hours in November.

Over 15,000 residents responded to the consultation, with widespread support for the proposals. The airport says that its plans will create up to 2,300 jobs, as well as lowering the noise from the airport.

Will Curtis, the airport’s managing director said: “The airport carried out an extensive borough-wide consultation during October 2014 to which over 15,000 local residents responded. 80 per cent of them made it clear that they support the airport’s proposals for fewer flights, less noise and more jobs and training for local young people. Our plan can be achieved without increasing flight number, or allowing scheduled airlines, or expanding beyond our existing boundaries.

“This represents a huge opportunity for the people of Bromley. In addition to the rent that Bromley Council receive from the airport, they also receive a share of profit and, or, turnover from airport operations each year.

“So, the more that the airport earns, the more cash will go to the council to be available for vital public services such as schools, care for the elderly, emptying dustbins – and more.”

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