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Longer airport opening hours could boost economy by £230 million a year

PUBLISHED: 13:11 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:11 16 February 2015

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New report says extra business will create jobs and boost trade in Bromley

Bromley’s economy could benefit from up to an extra £230 million a year if changes to Biggin Hill airport’s opening hours are approved, a new report says.

Town planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners say the airport would be able to attract more business and create around 2,300 jobs.

The report says the borough will feel the benefits by 2030.

Airport managing director Will Curtis said: “A rising tide lifts all boats. The extra economic activity will result in 2,300 new jobs, which means more wages for local people. It means more aviation companies spending money in the area with small businesses.”

In a consultation last October to which 15,000 people in the borough responded, 12,473 people supported longer opening hours for the airport.

Bromley Council has now sent letters to all the borough’s 180,000 households for its own official consultation on the issue before deciding whether to approve the application. The consultation closes on March 13.

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