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New Biggin Hill facility to create local jobs and opportunities

PUBLISHED: 16:35 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 27 June 2016

The new service centre will provide greater flexibility for Biggin Hill customers

The new service centre will provide greater flexibility for Biggin Hill customers

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Sadiq Khan called the new service centre 'a significant coup for London'

A new Bombardier service centre at Biggin Hill Airport is set to provide new jobs and opportunities for local people.

The Canadian firm has revealed plans for a new facility at Biggin Hill that will provide greater flexibility for its customers and access to its entire worldwide service centre network.

Expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2016, the new unit will have a heavy maintenance capability that provides scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance, modifications, avionics and aircraft-on-ground support for Bombardier, Learjet, Challenger and Global series aircraft.

The Service Centre will be based at a modern hangar of 33,000 sq ft, associated with a large ramp area.

Will Curtis, managing director at Biggin Hill Airport, said: “We have always said that the main barrier to investment of this kind at Biggin Hill has been the overly restrictive airport operating hours.

“Coming so soon after the council’s decision to approve our extended hours, it is an encouraging endorsement of our strategy to specialise in the business and general aviation sector.

“This new investment in modern maintenance facilities at the airport will, in due course, create highly skilled, well paid new jobs and opportunities for local youngsters.

“Bombardier’s high-density aircraft maintenance operation fits our strategy of delivering a quieter, yet more prosperous airport, because maintenance activity of this kind does not result in numerous additional aircraft movements.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added: “Bombardier’s investment in Biggin Hill is a significant coup for London, not only creating jobs but cementing the city’s reputation as a leading destination for investment from across the world.

“Foreign investment is a key driver of jobs and growth for the London economy and I look forward to establishing City Hall as a strong voice for business, both at home and overseas.”

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