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Lydd Airport hires Capita to design runway extension

PUBLISHED: 14:26 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:26 27 March 2014

Lydd Airport

Lydd Airport

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Airport on Romney Marsh confirm team to spearhead development

Lydd Airport has appointed specialists Capita to design and manage its runway extension.

Capita, part of the design team for London’s £14.8 billion Crossrail transport scheme, will be providing project, cost, construction and design management services for the airport as well as civil and aviation design services.

Lydd Airport executive manager Hani Mutlaq said: “Capita has a wealth of experience in the highly specialised area of designing and building transport infrastructure, and was selected for this project partly on the basis of its recent work on the design of a similar runway extension at Southend Airport.”

Lydd Airport’s 294-metre runway extension, plus a 150m starter extension, will be the first phase of its £25 million development plans, which also include a new terminal building.

Once completed, the extended runway will enable B737-type aircraft to fly with a full payload of passengers, maximising the availability of routes and aircraft choice to operators.

The airport is now nearing completion of a number of pre-commencement conditions required to enable planning permission for the runway extension to be implemented.

Bosses hope to invite contractors to tender for the runway construction project in late summer and anticipate that work will begin before the end of the year.

In the meantime, managers will be flying to Dubai in May to showcase the airport’s development at two major travel and aviation events, where they expect a high level of interest.

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