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Date posted: 04-04-2017
Eighteen Mayors and their consorts congregated at London Biggin Hill Airport last week for a briefing on developments and a tour of some of the high profile aerospace facilities established by stakeholders.
The idea for the collective visit was initiated by Councillor Ian Payne, Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley that embraces the airport. London Biggin Hill marks its centenary year in 2017 with a number of special events.
The mayoral party was given a special update briefing by airport MD Will Curtis on developments at the airport, including the extension of operating hours due for implementation this spring, plans for a 50-bed hotel and the establishment of a sophisticated state-of-the-art noise monitoring scheme with strict rules for aircraft operators. Mayors also received a presentation by Bethany Russell, External Affairs Coordinator, about the work of LoCATE, the London Centre for Aviation Technology & Enterprise.
Originating from boroughs in the South East, Mayors from Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Broadstairs, Royal Greenwich, Havering, Hillingdon, Royal Kensington & Chelsea, Royal Kingston, Maidstone, Margate, Richmond, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Southwark, Sutton, Tenterden and Tonbridge & Malling were present for this unique occasion.
During the tour of aerospace facilities, the Mayors saw the new Bombardier Business Aircraft heavy maintenance unit, the hangar base of Zenith Aviation and helicopter specialists Castle Air. The group visited the Heritage Hangar and were able to see at close quarters a number of Supermarine Spitfires under restoration or maintenance.
After lunch at the passenger terminal, the mayoral group went on to visit the St George’s Remembrance Chapel where they were briefed on plans, soon to mature, to establish a heritage museum on the site.
The expression ‘Chain-Gang’ of Mayors is now accepted as an official description for a collective of chain-wearing civic officials bearing the mayoral title.
Marketing Manager Andy Patsalides said that it was a great privilege for the airport to receive as many as 18 Mayors, each wearing their official chain of office.
“Councillor Ian Payne was well rewarded by the response of his Mayoral colleagues to his invitation to visit the airport. There was a strong sense of interest and appreciation for the steady development by the airport company and their stakeholders that continues to make London Biggin Hill a premier gateway to London and the City for international business aviation” he said.
Issued by Biggin Hill Airport Ltd – www.bigginhillairport.com
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