Monday, 30 March 2015

Chocks away for Biggin Hill Airport

With all the focus on Manston and Lydd, it looks like Biggin Hill Airport has sneaked under the radar and finally got an agreement in principle for its extended operating plans from Bromley Council.

The decision by a vote of four-to-two will now finally allow Biggin Hill to extend its operating hours – enabling it to handle more private executive jets – after years of wrangling with the local authority.

In stark contrast to the results of the consultation undertaken by Thanet District Council on Manston Airport’s operating hours, three quarters of the Bromley residents who responded (31,500 people) supported the airport, while the remainder (approx 10,000) opposed extending the operating hours.

The agreement will see it operate between 6.30am and 11pm from Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 11pm on Sundays and public holidays. This is an increase of an hour in the evening between Monday and Friday, and from the original hours of 9am to 8pm during weekends and public holidays.

Restrictions will be placed on the number of flights in certain time windows, with no more than eight allowed to depart or land in the first 30 minutes of the day between Monday and Saturday and the same limit imposed for the final hour of every day.

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