Biggin for a job
by James Wood Wed 15 October 2014, 2:52 pm
London Biggin Hill Airport in Bromley has pledged to create the conditions for 2,300 new jobs over the next 15 years.
To achieve this, the airport has set out plans for growth, and will continue to develop its business aviation programme. It plans to build more hangers and offices to attract new companies to the airport, develop a training college, build a hotel for flight crew and extend its opening hours.
Biggin Hill Airport is currently home to 65 companies, which support more than 1,000 jobs, from aircraft technicians to firefighters and administrators.
Will Curtis, managing director of London Biggin Hill Airport, said: “There is increasing pressure on the government to find more airport capacity in the south east and smaller airports are at risk of being used to fill the gaps. We argue that Biggin Hill should continue as a small airport, focused on business and general aviation and should not be used for scheduled and holiday charter airline services.
“Local residents have been clear with me that they do not want scheduled and holiday charter airlines here and nor do we. We want to be a small, specialist, business and general aviation airport for London.
“I believe that the choice is between deciding our own future now – or letting others do it later. We need to make better use of our facilities if we are to secure Biggin Hill’s future as a successful, small, business airport that creates well-paid jobs for local residents.”
Curtis also said the airport will reduce the level of noise for residents living under the flight path by 50 per cent and will publish a “Noise Action Plan” to set out how to achieve this.
“Before making any proposals to the council, we want to hear what local people think," he added. "I live in Biggin Hill so I want to see the airport remain very much as it is today. But to do that sustainably, we have to attract more business aircraft.
“It is important that we all think carefully about this, because if, as a community, we do not make a firm decision to go with business aviation, then we may find we are eventually forced by government to take some overspill scheduled traffic in the next 10 years as other London airports begin to run out of capacity.”
A public information display is currently available at the airport, more details of which can be found at the consultation website, www.bigginhillfuture.co.uk.