Lydd Airport expansion plans to be showcased in Dubai
Managers from Lydd
Airport are visiting Dubai (file picture)
Lydd Airport bosses are exhibiting their newly-approved
expansion plans in the Middle East from today.
Managers have travelled to the Dubai Airport Show where they
will promote their plans for a runway extension and new terminal to
more than 200 companies from 32 countries.
The team will be networking at the premier aviation industry
event, which is being held at the Dubai International Convention
and Exhibition Centre until Wednesday.
Following government approval of its planning application, Lydd
Holdings - which owns and operates the airport - is to invest
£25million into the development.
This is for a 294-metre runway extension, plus a 150-metre
starter extension and an new terminal building for up to 500,000
passengers a year.
The owners have already spent £35m upgrading the site over the
last year including installing a new executive terminal with VIP
facilities, improved passenger check-in and security and a new
Executive manager Hani Mutlaq (pictured right) said: "Our
runway extension will enable Boeing 737-type aircraft to fly with a
full payload of passengers, maximising the availability of routes
and aircraft choice of operators and providing much-needed
additional airport capacity in the south east of England.
"Lydd Airport is the perfect base for airline operators. It has
2.5million people within its catchment area, is within easy access
of the M20 and just 14 miles south of Ashford, which offers a
high-speed rail link to London."
Lydd managers will promote the airport
at a number of other national and international aviation shows this
year, including the EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention
and Exhibition), in Geneva on May 21 to 23.
In the meantime the airport has begun to work on the
Planning permission had originally been granted by Shepway
district councillors in March 2010 and that is now backed up by the
government approval, announced on April 10, following a public
Aircraft at Lydd
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