Aviation Minister Lord Callanan congratulates London Biggin Hill on its plans

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Andrwe Walters (left) and Lord Callanan (right)

The UK’s Aviation Minister Lord Callanan commended Biggin Hill Airport on its job creation and infrastructure plans expected to be implemented over the next 20 years.

Lord Callanan (pictured on the right with Andrew Walters, chairman of London Biggin Hill Airport) visited the site to discuss the airport’s vision and attend a special ceremony for the unveiling of an official brochure for, London Centre for Aviation, Technology and Enterprise (LoCATE).

LoCATE is a partnership of public and private sector organisations promoting London Biggin Hill Airport as a centre for the aerospace industry. The brochure is entitled ‘The Case for Growth’ and co-authored by prominent London based architectural firm, Farrells.

Will Curtis, managing director of London Biggin Hill Airport said at the ceremony: “LoCATE upholds our vision of a sustainable future for the airport and the local community by honouring our proud history and investing in both infrastructure and personnel growth. As a pioneer for business aviation in the UK, a large part of our focus is on training a new generation of aerospace industry professionals and creating 2,300 new jobs by 2030.”

The Airport is also looking to establish the London Aerospace and Technology College at the airport. London South East Colleges, London Borough of Bromley and Biggin Hill Airport will work together to create the state-of-the-art facility, due over the next decade.

Curtis continued:“As detailed in the brochure, the establishment of the LATC at the airport is a major part of our commitment to addressing the shortage of aerospace engineers and the wider skills needs of the aviation industry.”

During the visit, Lord Callanan was shown the 60,000 sq. ft hangar and a 10,000 square foot office block, part of the airport’s major new infrastructure development that is on track for completion by Christmas.

He also toured Bombardier’s new Service Centre before being transferred back to central London by the airport’s celebrated Heli Shuttle service.

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