Could Biggin Hill Air Fair rise like Phoenix?
The Biggin Hill International Air Fair could rise "like a phoenix from the ashes" says the airport's managing director.
Speaking exclusively to the Times, Jenny Munro, said she would “love to see” the legendary displays back at the historic airfield but that it “would not be easy” .
Millions of visitors have flocked to the borough over its 48-year history to watch hair-raising stunts performed by the world’s top aero-acrobats but the event was cancelled suddenly last year.
Ms Munro said: “I would love to see it here again. It could rise like a phoenix from the ashes.
“I’m aware that the show was so phenomenally successful and that the number of visitors was so huge that it was a great boost to the local economy.
“But it also became a victim of its own success. It brought huge congestion. If we were to look at it again we would have to make sure it was sustainable.”
Ms Munro, who has been the managing director for three months, began her career in aviation more than 20 years ago on the check-in desk at Edinburgh Airport.
Prior to starting at Biggin Hill, she worked fore 10 years at Dubai International.
She added: “I take on board people’s opinions that other air shows continue to exist.
“I worked at Dubai International and we had the world’s third biggest air show there.
“I’d like to study how this air show used to operate and then benchmark it with others. We need to look to the future and see what can be done, but it won’t be easy.
“It’s a decision that isn’t mine alone and I would have to do quite a big exercise on it before being drawn either way.
“But having lived so long with the Dubai air show I am certainly not averse to them.”
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