What's happening at our airfields, aerodromes & airports
£10 million runway upgrade for Southend Runway
Work began in early January on a £10m maintenance and upgrade programme for Southend Airport’s Rwy 05/23 ('24' in photo). The upgrade, in preparation for increased operations when a new Ryanair base opens at the airport in the summer, is scheduled to last three months, and will close the runway from 2230-0630 each night, but is not expected to affect daytime operations.
New FBO for Cardiff International
Fixed-base operator Global Trek Aviation, which already has a facility at Belfast International Airport, is opening another Executive Jet Centre at Cardiff International Airport. Provisional target date for the opening is April, subject to completion and fitting out on time, according to Chief Operating Officer Gordon Bingham. “We are delighted to be opening this all new facility at Cardiff as it offers tremendous potential with its ideal strategic location,” he says. “We are investing in building a bespoke, stateof-the-art facility on the south side of the airport with dedicated VIP lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre, flight ops facilities and a fully integrated security screening suite.”
Spencer Birns, the airport’s Commercial Director, added: “Global Trek’s announcement is really the first significant step taken in the development plans set out in our masterplan. Our vision for success includes a clear strategy to diversify our air service activities and encourage use of our facilities all year round. It’s fantastic to see that an established brand like Global Trek has recognised the great potential that exists at Cardiff Airport, and indeed in Wales.”
Aerial view of Southend Airport, where CAT operations will expand on the opening of a new Ryanair base