December 8: Sky News is reporting that Coventry Airport at Baginton in the West Midlands is to close immediately with the loss of 70 jobs.
Owner West Midlands International Airport Ltd is facing a petition from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in London’s Royal Courts of Justice on December 9, which if successful would mean WMIAL going into liquidation. The airport has struggled for business since Thomsonfly and Wizz Air pulled passenger services out in late 2008, leaving just freight and business traffic. WMIAL put the airfield up for sale in May, but as yet no buyer has come forward.
With the closure, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told Sky News that the Notice to Airmen effectively informs pilots and aircraft that the airport is no longer operational. Other airports in the region will take control of air traffic and movements.
Councillor Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council, said “We remain committed to the long-term future of the site as an airport and we will be doing all that we can to support the attempts to secure new ownership and on-going commercial management.”
The closure also puts into question the future operation of Air Atlantique and the firm’s fleet of classic aircraft based on the north side of the airport.