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December 8, 2009    

Financial difficulties lead to immediate closure of Coventry Airport

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by Kay Murchie

It has emerged today that Coventry Airport is to close immediately with the loss of 70 jobs, as a result of financial difficulties.

West Midlands International Airport, which owns Coventry, were due to appear in the High Court tomorrow to face a winding-up order.

A spokeswoman for Coventry Airport issued a short statement: “The board and shareholders of West Midlands International Airport Limited have made the decision to close Coventry Airport with immediate effect.”

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the Notice to Airmen effectively informed pilots and aircraft that the airport was no longer operational.

Councillor Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council, described the closure as a “real blow to Coventry”.

“I believe that a city like ours should have its own airport, we remain committed to the long-term future of the site as an airport and we will be doing all that we can to support the attempts to secure new ownership and on-going commercial management,” added Councillor Taylor.

The airport has not been used for scheduled passenger flights since airline Thomsonfly ceased operations in November last year.

Since that time, it has been operating as a cargo terminal and a base for executive jets and aviation-related businesses.

The airport was first opened in the mid 1930s and during World War II was used as an RAF base.

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