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Businesses back Biggin Hill Airport proposals

PUBLISHED: 10:23 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:23 10 November 2015

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Businesses explained the working relationship between themselves and the airport in an open letter to Bromley Council

Biggin Hill Airport’s plans to create 2,300 new jobs have been backed have backed by businesses operating in the area.

There are currently over 50 businesses based at Biggin Hill, supporting over 1,000 jobs.

In an open letter to Bromley Council, the businesses explain how their success is interlinked with the airport’s.

The letter stated: “Our businesses rely on being in a cluster of engineering, manufacturing and maintenance companies - we feed off each other.

“The more businesses that locate here, the more opportunities there are for our own businesses to grow and expand.”

They state that the proposed extended hours will give a flexibility that will create more demand from customers for the services provided by the airport based firms.

Barry Chalmers, commercial director of Castle Air Ltd, said: “The high calibre of the aerospace industry based at Biggin Hill and our proximity as a gateway to London and Europe makes this a great location for our business, and this is reflected in our customers’ feedback to us.

“We do hope that Bromley Council will allow the airport to slightly extend its operating hours.

“It will really help our company attract more business and in doing so will enable us to provide more job and training opportunities for local people.”

Although criticised by some campaign groups, a public consultation revealed widespread support for the airport’s plans.

A final decision will be made by Bromley Council on November 25.

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