Plymouth airport ‘will never re-open’

By Phil Davies

The owner of Plymouth’s former airport today confirmed there is no prospect of the site ever re-opening.

Sutton Harbour Holdings cited two independent reports commissioned to provide further research on the feasibility of running and operating the airport, which shut in December 2011.

“Both reports, from aviation specialists Fjori and Bickerdike Allen Partners, support the company’s submissions that previous or future commercial airport operations to deliver scheduled services for the general public are not viable from the site,” the company said.

Sutton Harbour is continuing efforts to gain planning consent to develop the 113-acre site for alternative use.

Plymouth City Airport Limited ceased airport operations on 23 December 2011, and in accordance with its legal obligations,

The company added that it is working with Plymouth City Council “to achieve best value from alternative use of the site”.

Net proceeds will be split 75:25 in favour of the council.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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