Plan launched to reopen UK airport after a decade

By Lisa James
27/01/2023
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Businesses in the Plymouth area are being asked to support a bid to reopen the city’s airport and restart flights.

The airport closed in 2011 after Air Southwest ceased flights between Plymouth and Gatwick.

Plymouth City Council leader Richard Bingley wants to start a public/private partnership for a new airport on the mothballed site at Derriford.

He claims a functioning airport is essential for the future economic growth of the city and added: “It’s almost disrespectful to not offer an airport to people who want to come here to trade or visit.”

He will write to business leaders next week to seek backing for the plan to reclaim the airport land and restart flights, according to the Plymouth Herald.

Cllr Bingley said: “Plymouth as a city needs an airport and no stone will be left unturned until that happens.”

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