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£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

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