Our Airport remains open as part of the national transport infrastructure in line with government guidelines. It is acknowledged that it is vital that airports remain open to support the import and export of goods, medical equipment and supplies, the movement of key personnel and repatriation flights which are considered essential in the current environment.
Operationally, the number of flights has dropped significantly; however, we continue to support repatriation efforts and essential movement of key personnel. Please bear in mind that a variety of aircraft types may be utilised for essential transport.
To ensure that such flights are essential, all flights are required to submit an approved flight plan or book in using the PPR (Prior Permission Required) system, specifying the purpose of the flight and receiving Air Traffic Control approval.
The Executive Team and Heads Of Department’s conduct daily COVID – 19 conferencing so that we can formulate and adapt policies, practices and procedures to react to the fast moving and unique challenges we currently face.
Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world, which includes dealing with the current pandemic, and we are following all protocols as advised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UK government.
The airport is a workplace to over 1,500 local people, supporting local families and in turn local businesses. Our primary goal is to ensure that the safety and employment of our staff, tenant companies, suppliers and contractors is maintained as much as is reasonably practical.
UPDATED 29th March 2020