Departure Heralds new era for Lydd London Ashford Airport

Newmarket Holidays departure from Lydd Airport 1 June 2014Kent’s Lydd Airport, UK, welcomed its first Newmarket Holidays customers on June 1, with 93 passengers departing on a Small Planet Airlines flight bound for Verona.

The departure marks the start of a new era for Lydd Airport, also known as London Ashford Airport.  The specialist tour operator announced in April that it would be moving its Kent departures to Lydd this summer following the uncertainty of commercial airline activities at Manston Airport, which has since closed.

Just weeks later, London’s High Court dismissed challenges brought by the Lydd Airport Action Group and the RSPB against the Government’s decision to approve plans for the development of Lydd.  The decision paves the way for the airport to press ahead with its long-awaited runway extension.

The airport now hopes to invite contractors to tender for the runway construction project in late summer and anticipates that work will begin before the end of the year.

Lydd Airport is on Romney Marsh, Kent, in the most southeast corner of England.

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