Filton Airport to close
BAE Systems announced today that it is to close Filton Airport, at the end of next year. Operators based at the site include the Western Counties Air Operations Unit, flight training school Aeros, and the non-profit Bristol Aero Club. From BAE's web site came the following announcement:
Following discussions with the main airfield user and the local authorities, BAE Systems has announced today that Filton airfield will close on 31 December 2012.
Andrew Cheesman, Director, BAE Systems (Aviation Services) Ltd said: “This decision has been taken following a long review of the airfield’s commercial and economic viability. We regret the impact that this will have on our 19 employees and we will work with them to explore employment opportunities.
“We recognise the importance of Filton airfield to the local residential and business community and understand the concerns its closure may have. We remain in discussion with South Gloucestershire District Council to agree future plans.”
BAE Systems has informed all airfield users of the decision and will continue to discuss how users' requirements can be met in preparation for the closure of the airfield.
Photo courtesy of A R Pingstone.