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Shuttleworth is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome in England. It is the oldest in the world and one of the most prestigious, due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft. The collection was founded in 1928 by aviator Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. While flying a Fairey Battle at night on 2 August 1940, Shuttleworth fatally crashed. His mother, in 1944, formed the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust "for the teaching of the science and practice of aviation and of afforestation and agriculture." Since then, the Shuttleworth exists to promote training and discovery in the knowledge and skills of agriculture and of aviation and automotive technology. The ambition of the Shuttleworth is to be recognized as a world-class centre for skills and experiences. It has world-class heritage; a secure rural estate; a strong College partner; an unbroken century of preserving unique heritage aviation skills; a loyal supporter base; and passionate staff and volunteers. In addition to the aircraft, the collection houses a number of vintage and veteran cars. Events include model-flying days, and once a year, there is a special flying day for schools in the area. The Shuttleworth Collection puts an emphasis on restoring as many aircraft as possible to flying condition, in line with the founder's original intention. There are typically about ten air shows per year, including evening displays and an annual Flying Proms event, which offer the opportunity to see aircraft which in many cases are the last of their type to survive, let alone existing in flyable condition. Shuttleworth is also the perfect place for a family day out. People can go and enjoy their amazing gardens, follow the woodland sculpture trail and discover a unique collection of vintage aircraft, all set in 875 acres of parkland at Old Warden Park.

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Goodwood Aviation comprises Goodwood Aerodrome, Goodwood Aircraft Engineering, Goodwood Flying School, Goodwood Aero Club and the Aerodrome Café. The Aviation Innovation Centre, a joint venture between Across Safety and Goodwood Aviation, provides manufacturers and operators of aviation technologies with airspace, facilities and services. Flying training began at Goodwood Aerodrome in 1940, when RAF pilots learned to fly Hurricanes and Spitfires in the skies above Goodwood. Building on the achievements of these young men, their Aerodrome remains a centre of excellence for flying and engineering, offering exceptional tuition and flying experiences. Formerly known as RAF Westhampnett, the airfield has been located there since the Second World War, when it served as a satellite airfield to nearby RAF Tangmere. Its West Sussex location makes it the south coast’s focal point for flying excellence and gives pilots and their passengers a bird’s-eye view over the Solent and the Isle of Wight. The Goodwood Flying School teaches and trains would-be and current pilots. Courses and lessons are available for all ages and abilities. The team of experienced, friendly flight Instructors will give you the best possible experience. Furthermore, Goodwood Aviation welcomes members and visiting pilots all year round. Indulge your passion for aviation – whether you fly, have flown or are just interested in meeting like-minded people. Through membership to the Goodwood Aero Club, you will receive exclusive benefits and enjoy a lively social calendar. Located at the heart of the historic airfield, Goodwood Aerodrome is also a wonderful choice for your next meeting or event. The modern, glass-fronted building offers stunning views of the runway and the rooftop viewing platform is ideal for an evening drinks reception. Their teaching room is popular with smaller groups and perfect for those wanting to book a group activity afterwards - like Grapefruit Bombing! Find out more about Goodwood's thriving GA community that are based at the Aerodrome. They have office and hangar space available suitable for GA and associated business use.

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Duxford Air Shows and Flying Season is presented by Imperial War Museums at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire. Every year, their Duxford Air Shows team created Flying Days to ensure you can enjoy flying displays at IWM Duxford throughout the year. All IWM Members get free entry on all Flying Days. Duxford Air Shows have delighted crowds for decades, creating whole new generations of Air Show fans. Each themed event allows them to work with flying partners who call Duxford home, plus peers across the UK aviation community. At Duxford Air Shows and Flying Season you can have a thrilling day's adventure powering the imaginations of families, first-timers and fans, at the same time that you discover the history is in the air and all around you joining the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. During the season, you can enjoy a perfect summer evening together listening to the roar of the Merlin engines and stepping back to the summer of 1940 with vintage entertainment and living history, or simply enjoying a snack on a quiet summer Saturday afternoon while watching Duxford in a whole new light filled with loads of camera-ready flypast moments. Other shows that you can enjoy are a colourful flying display and special activities to take part in together, whatever your age! A special flying display and ground entertainment honouring our place in history, and the final Flying Day, celebrating the highs of all their flying displays and aerial events from the year, in one fabulous final flying display.

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The Bournemouth Air Festival is an annual air show held along the coast at Bournemouth, in Dorset, England. It has featured aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as well as civil aviation displays. Since its formation in 2008, the festival claims to have entertained over ten million people. The festival usually takes place in late August, over four days, including dusk and night air displays with live music. Bournemouth Air Festival is one of the biggest and best aviation event in the United Kingdom, attended by more than 9.25 million people. Whatever you want to see, be it on land, sea or in the air, there is always plenty to keep you entertained at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Setting Bournemouth aside from other air shows, when the sun goes down, Night Air entertainment will light up the skies of the UK’s leading coastal resort with pyrotechnic night flying, street entertainment, awesome live music and military performances. A free to attend event, the Bournemouth Air Festival is so much more than an air show.

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Farnborough International runs some of the world’s most prestigious aerospace events anywhere in the world, including the famous Farnborough International Airshow. They also host world-class business events at their newly opened 20,000 square meter exhibition and conference centre. They are a wholly owned subsidiary company of the ADS Group. ADS is the premier trade organization for over 1000 companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence and Space sectors. Farnborough International is the go-to destination and organization for the pioneers of today and tomorrow, famous for delivering exceptional air shows and events. Participating in an International Pavilion is an excellent way to promote your organization to an international audience. By taking a stand within your country pavilion, you will have access to a host of facilities and services from your pavilion organizer that could include hospitality functions, meeting rooms, networking events and assistance with access to delegations – all designed to promote international trade and partnership opportunities. For decades, the Farnborough International Airshow has been the global platform for the aerospace and defence industry. Next year, its role will carry even greater significance with FIA2022 serving as the first major event to reconnect colleagues from around the world, enabling business growth and recovery A huge amount will have changed in the three years since they last brought industry together; however, FIA2022 will be a strategic opportunity to witness the leaps in development that have taken place as well as showcasing innovation to a truly global audience, face-to-face. As the foremost meeting place of industry professionals in the aviation calendar, Farnborough International Airshow is the world’s leading platform for showcasing your business in front of a global audience. For 5 days in July biennially, Farnborough becomes an exciting hub for the most innovative technology within the industry, attracting market-leading companies from across all sectors and providing an unrivalled opportunity to meet and forge new relationships with key decision makers face-to-face. Providing the most diverse range of exhibitors, the show welcomes companies from core sectors across the aerospace industry including Space, Civil, Military, Manufacturing Technology, Rotary and MRO. As Farnborough’s international status continues to grow, with 96 countries represented at the 2018 show, no other event connects you with such a broad range of sectors from across the globe, all looking for new business opportunities. With US $192billion of orders and commitments announced at the last show, it remains the leading destination for the industry to learn, network and do business. Some show features include The Space Zone, which offers you the opportunity to meet with the global space community and do business at one of the world’s leading space features. Building on the success of 2018, the Space Zone returns to the Farnborough International Airshow for its biggest show yet, offering exceptional opportunities to network with the leading innovators driving this growing sector. The expanded Space Zone has become more international, showcasing the latest developments from across the globe. The Research & Development Zone is the vibrant networking and knowledge hub at the heart of FIA. Bringing together the very best in advanced engineering universities, Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) and the agencies that support them, our research and innovation strand returns to FIA. This vibrant networking and knowledge transfer hub is at the heart of the airshow, offering a unique opportunity for research & technology and skills providers to showcase their latest technological advances. Creating an opportunity to develop new partnerships with businesses, government and academia from around the world, their programme acts as the focal point for the industry’s single largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) outreach activity – attracting the next generation of scientists and engineers to drive the sector forward. Showcasing the most advanced aircraft across commercial and military aviation design, the daily flying display brings innovation to the skies of Farnborough. Taking place on each afternoon of the show, the daily flying display sees the most advanced aircraft in both commercial and military design. Providing a valuable opportunity to present the capabilities of your products, the well-structured display is enhanced with an illustrative commentary broadcast across the exhibition site. Running in parallel to the exhibition, the static display gives visitors the opportunity to view the aircraft up close, with the natural amphitheatre of the Farnborough Aerodrome allowing aircraft to be displayed to maximum effect. The FIL team works hard to create an international trade show that is the best platform for doing business and as an event sets itself apart from its airshow competitors. Show-on-show, it looks for innovative ways to develop the show’s offering to exhibitors and visitors alike and continues to look at new avenues and initiatives to diversify the show and engage its audience. The Flying Display at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022 is sponsored by Accenture.

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Plane Finder is a leader and trusted source of precision live flight tracking data to industries around the world with customised products for aviation, business intelligence and emerging markets alongside world-class apps. Plane Finder launched in 2009 as the first mobile live flight tracker. The founders already had a wealth of technical expertise as well as a passion for all things aviation and set out to offer something groundbreaking – the ability to track planes in real time, on a map, using an iPhone. That first app started an exciting journey to become the Plane Finder you see today. To deliver the best solutions, it is critical that we manage our own tracking data end to end. That’s why we’ve always invested heavily in our Plane Finder global receiver network, client software and our datacentre infrastructure. We collect and process our own live flight data. Rigorous checks are carried out using our proven technology. Providing users with a true picture of air traffic around the world. Our data enables better decision-making. Live and historical flight data can be invaluable to a wide range of industries from aviation to financial, asset management and insurance. We have seen how our data can be used for powerful analysis, to enable better decision-making and to identify new trends. Our Plane Finder apps are regularly featured by Apple and have been top ranking worldwide since 2009. Recently we have been recognised for our implementation of Dark Mode and Apple Watch technology and awarded App of the Day in 150+ countries.

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PilotsTogether is a UK registered charity set up by current pilots and supporters, based in the UK. Its express aim is to ensure that pilots made redundant from UK-based airlines remain a part of our community. Pilots have never faced this level of disruption and uncertainty. There is also a common misconception that all pilots are wealthy and don’t need help. We want to make sure that they are supported. PilotsTogether's mission is to: Help them continue to pay back training loans and bills, without suffering economic hardship. Ensure that they don’t suffer on their own, that they have someone with whom they can talk. To help retain the skills they have spent so much in gaining, and learn new ones for the future and lastly to make sure they remain part of our aviation family. As PilotsTogethers we will provide financial support to formerly employed UK pilots who are facing economic difficulties. With formerly employed pilots now facing uncertain futures, many saddled with significant training debts, we will allocate donations to those who need it most so they can get through this. We will provide a range of practical support, advice and assistance to formerly employed UK pilots to help them navigate through challenges faced. This includes access to job opportunities, sim access and training assistance, career guidance and job application advice. We will provide mental health and wellbeing support to formerly employed UK pilots who need it. Wellbeing sessions and individual guidance will be provided through our network of peers and professional experts. We will make sure that these pilots continue to feel connected to their community and know that they aren’t alone. We will also raise awareness of the profession and make sure it continues to be an attractive career path for the next generation. It is critical that this crisis doesn’t deter future pilots from pursuing their dreams – and that we ensure that people from underrepresented groups aren’t deterred by the high financial barriers to entry.

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Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, welcoming more than 14.7 million people through our doors in 2019. We’re also the 6th busiest airport in the UK. As the place Where Scotland Meets The World, we fly to more than 150 destinations and work with 40 airlines to welcome people to Scotland and take Scotland to the world. Directly employing around 750 staff with a further 7000 across the campus, Edinburgh Airport is owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a leading global, independent infrastructure investor. Edinburgh Airport hasn’t always looked the way it does today. We’ve been through some major milestones on the road to becoming the busiest commercial airport in Scotland. Here’s a quick tour of our history. Our story starts back in 1916 when the Turnhouse Aerodrome opened as a World War One military base. In 1918 the airfield became the RAF Turnhouse after the formation of the Royal Air Force. It wasn’t until the start of the Second World War that the first runway was built, after which the first commercial services launched in 1947. Fast forward to the 1970s and BAA takes control of Edinburgh Airport, with the first new terminal officially opened to the public by the Queen in 1977. In the decades to follow the airport continued to grow and develop, and in 2009 a Scottish Enterprise study revealed that the airport could boost Scotland’s economy by £867 million per year. In 2012 Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) took over ownership from the BAA. This lead to new routes, improved passenger facilities, and a multi-million-pound terminal expansion. Today, we’re the busiest airport in Scotland, flying to more than 150 destinations across the world.

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Birmingham Airport has over 140 direct worldwide destinations, handles over 13 million passengers each year and is located in the heart of England! Minimising the impact of our operations has always been a priority for us. That's why we operate a range of procedures and schemes to ensure we're taking all practical steps to achieve this. Take a look at our Aircraft Noise pages to find out more about what we're doing. In 2016 we published our first Carbon Management Plan, which aimed to build on efforts to reduce our carbon emissions which have seen us achieve a 40% reduction since 2013. In early 2020, we began work on an updated high-level plan to reduce carbon emissions, but during the pandemic our priorities shifted to focus on immediate and direct carbon and energy reduction measures. Taking advantage of the unprecedented fall in traffic and passenger volumes, we examined our operations and infrastructure in detail, with the aim of eliminating as much carbon from our operations as possible. And we have been successful, reducing our emissions by approximately 1700 tonnes, or by 18%, in 2020/21, compared to the previous financial year. While we expect emissions to increase in line with passenger volumes as the recovery gets underway, we are determined that many of the measures we introduced in the pandemic will be extended in the long term, creating a more sustainable operation for the future. We're also fully engaged with the industry's efforts to decarbonise, supporting our partners in IATA, Sustainable Aviation and the Jet Zero Council to decouple the growth in aviation from the growth in emissions. This is being achieved through the development of carbon-efficient airport infrastructure, the introduction of fuel efficient operations, the drive for sustainable aviation fuels and the ultimate delivery of zero-emissions aircraft. We are committed to mitigating the negative impacts of operating an Airport in a densely populated region, but our ambitions go beyond this; we want to be a force for good by investing in the wellbeing of those communities impacted by our operations, many of which are in real need. Our ‘30-30-40’ policy targets investment into areas suffering from high levels of deprivation. We aim to ensure that 30% of all of our Community Investment, both direct and in kind, is directed towards east Birmingham, 30% towards north Solihull while the remaining 40% supports communities in other areas impacted by our operations. Air Quality in the area surrounding the Airport is affected by a wide range of emission sources, the most significant of which is road traffic pollution from local roads and the motorway network. However, Airport operations cause emissions which can also impact local air quality. Our aim is to ensure the Airport does not cause Air Quality emission exceedances in the region, and to work proactively to reduce emissions at the Airport.

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Glasgow Airport is owned by AGS Airports Limited AGS Airports Limited is jointly held by Ferrovial (via Faero UK Limited) and AGS Ventures Airports Limited, an entity managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited. Derek Provan is the current CEO. Macquarie and Ferrovial have a long and successful history of partnering with each other across a number of infrastructure projects, with partnerships in airports including Bristol Airport and Sydney Airport. Both partners have developed extensive knowledge of aviation and have excellent contacts globally. With more than two decades of experience developing and owning essential infrastructure around the world, Macquarie partners with governments and communities to manage assets that underpin economies including roads, airports, utilities, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Managing investments on behalf of institutional investors, Macquarie is one of the world’s leading airport owners via its managed funds. Today, Macquarie leverages its deep operational and financial expertise to manage stakes in airports around the world (Aberdeen, Brussels, Cairns, Glasgow, Gold Coast, Hobart, Longreach, Mackay, Mount Isa, Perth, Southampton and Townsville). For more information visit www.macquarie.com Ferrovial has been associated with the aviation industry since 1998 and in that time has invested in 32 airports across the UK, Italy, Australia, Chile and Mexico, among other countries. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com With some 30 airlines serving over 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub. Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

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Bristol Airport is South West England’s gateway to the world, with flights to over 110 destinations. Bristol Airport officially opened on 31 May by HRH Prince George, becoming only the third civil airport in the country. We are the ninth largest airport in the UK and England's third largest regional airport. Around 3,000 people work across our site, and our exciting development plans are creating new opportunities for people with a wide range of skills and specialisms. Serving our region with over 110 direct routes, we also act as an inbound gateway to the South West. Our airport is defined by our exceptional people, who have a passion for travel, a willingness to go the extra mile, and pride in operating our airport to the highest possible standards. Delivering a sustainable future for aviation is at the heart of our environmental approach. As a founder member of Sustainable Aviation, our plans for growing Bristol Airport minimise the environmental impact, while maximising the positive effect for Bristol – and beyond. Our aim? To be the UK’s most sustainable regional airport. In recent years Bristol Airport’s staff, business partners and passengers have raised over £250,000 for a variety of charities. This year Bristol Airport’s nominated local charity is Children’s Hospice South West.

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Newcastle Airport witnessed a surge in passenger traffic in the first eight months of 2013, toppling Liverpool John Lennon Airport as the UK’s tenth busiest airport. The Newcastle Airport handled more than 3.11 million passengers from January to August 2013. The airport, located about 9.6km from Newcastle city centre, is owned by seven local authorities holding 51% interest and AMP Capital, holding the remaining 49% interest. The airport was opened in 1935. It features a 2,329m long runway and a terminal. It has 26 passenger aprons and three freight aprons. The airport connects 81 destinations worldwide, and provides 3,200 on site jobs and a further 4,600 jobs across the region. The airport’s 45m air traffic control tower, designed by Reid Architecture, was commissioned in 2007. The airport is expected to serve 10 million passengers per annum by 2016.

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In 1930, British aero engineer and aircraft builder Richard Fairey paid the Vicar of Harmondsworth £15,000 for a 150-acre plot to build a private airport to assemble and test aircraft. Complete with a single grass runway and a handful of hastily erected buildings, Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome was the humble precursor to the world’s busiest international airport, Heathrow. During World War II the government requisitioned land in and around the ancient agricultural village of Heath Row, including Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome, to build RAF Heston, a base for long-range troop-carrying aircraft bound for the Far East. An RAF-type control tower was constructed and a ‘Star of David’ pattern of runways laid, the longest of which was 3,000 yards long and 100 yards wide. Work demolishing Heath Row and clearing land for the runways started in 1944. However, by the time the war had ended the RAF no longer needed another aerodrome and it was officially handed over to the Air Ministry as London’s new civil airport on 1 January 1946. The first aircraft to take off from Heathrow was a converted Lancaster bomber called Starlight that flew to Buenos Aires. The early passenger terminals were ex‑military marquees which formed a tented village along the Bath Road. The terminals were primitive but comfortable, equipped with floral-patterned armchairs, settees and small tables containing vases of fresh flowers. To reach aircraft parked on the apron, passengers walked over wooden duckboards to protect their footwear from the muddy airfield. There was no heating in the marquees, which meant that during winter it could be bitterly cold, but in summer when the sun shone, the marquee walls were removed to allow a cool breeze to blow through. By the close of Heathrow’s first operational year, 63,000 passengers had travelled through London’s new airport. By 1951 this had risen to 796,000 and British architect Frederick Gibberd was appointed to design permanent buildings for the airport. His plan saw the creation of a central area which was accessed via a ‘vehicular subway’ running underneath the original main runway. The focal point of Gibberd’s plan was a 122ft-high control tower. There was also a passenger terminal called the Europa Building and an office block called the Queens Building. By 1961 the old terminal on the north side had closed and airlines either operated from the Europa terminal (later renamed Terminal 2) or the Oceanic terminal (now Terminal 3). Terminal 1 opened in 1969, by which time five million passengers a year were passing through the airport as the jet age arrived with Boeing 707s, VC10s and Tridents taking travellers from Heathrow to and from all parts of the world. The 1970s marked the decade when the world became even smaller thanks to Concorde and wide-body jets such as the Boeing 747. As the decade drew to a close, 27 million passengers were using Heathrow annually. Demand for air travel also created the need for another terminal, Terminal 4, which opened for business in 1986. Today Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport and the hub of the civil aviation world. Over 67 million passengers travel through the airport annually on services offered by 90 airlines travelling to over 180 destinations in over 90 countries. By the time Heathrow celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 it had handled around 1.4 billion passengers on over 14 million flights. The start of operations at Terminal 5 in March 2008 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Heathrow. The brand new Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal opened for business on 4 June 2014. The first airline to move in was United Airlines.

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Manchester Airport, located within a 20 minute drive from central Manchester, is the main international gateway for the north of England and is the largest regional airport in the UK. The airport handled more than 13.5 million passengers during the first eight months of 2013, making it the third busiest in the UK. The Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) is the country’s largest UK-owned airport operator. We own and operate three airports - Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands. Our airports aren’t just popular, they’re multi-award-winning. Manchester Airport has won prestigious industry recognition for customer service, and holds the title of 'Best UK Airport'. We’re active and engaged in our local communities, with a positive approach to corporate responsibility. The Manchester Airports Group umbrella consists of the operations of Manchester Airport, alongside London Stansted and East Midlands. MAG Property and Cargo Operations also come under the remit of our brand, representing Manchester Airport as the global gateway to the North of England and beyond. Manchester Airport's cargo facility, the World Freight Terminal, is a community of more than 1,000 professionals managing freight-only aircraft as well as consignments that arrive or depart in the holds of passenger aircraft. The airport currently handles around 100,000 tonnes of import and export freight and mail annually.

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In February 2013, Manchester Airport Group (MAG) acquired London Stansted Airport, with ownership and operations handed over in a seamless process, ensuring staff and passengers could take advantage of the airport facilities as usual. Find out more about Stansted's history and plans for the future. London Stansted Airport is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 18 million passengers a year. Many leading low-cost scheduled airlines have made Stansted their base. MAG now serves nearly 42 million passengers through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. Its property and facilities management arm, MAG Property, is responsible for the Group’s estate and also the development of Manchester’s Airport City. We support the UK Government's commitment to the principles of sustainable development in the aviation industry, striking a balance between economic, social and environmental considerations. MAG's overall strategic intent is to increase long term shareholder value by generating profitable growth, developing its assets and deploying efficient and customer focused operating processes throughout the business. More than just a regional success story, the Group’s airports and property business already contribute more than £3bn to the UK economy and support thousands of jobs. Acting as a gateway to the UK transport and road networks, London Stansted Airport's 24/7 cargo operation connects with the Greater London area and the Midlands, ensuring cargo operators a next level service which delivers 365 days a year. The aim of striking a balance between environmental impact and tapping into the economic growth of the area as a whole is the reason for a development outline for capitalising on ever increasing passenger numbers, providing a customer journey to savour in the coming years.

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In 1998, London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) entered into a Concession Agreement for the management, operation and development of the airport with the local authority - Luton Borough Council (LBC). This agreement lasts until 2031 and LLAOL are wholly responsible for the airport during this time. Luton Airport's vision is to revolutionise the airport experience and deliver operational excellence, making air travel more accessible and enjoyable than ever before We want to grow to connect more people, countries and cultures by delighting our passengers with our passion and commitment to making travel accessible, easy and enjoyable. At Luton Airport We do everything we can to minimise our impact on the local community. LLA is committed to continuously improving its energy management and performance. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint and help our service partners to reduce theirs. We have a rigorous programme of Air Quality monitoring that helps us work out the airport’s contribution to local air emissions. We’ve recently linked our programme results to the data of surrounding Local Authorities and you can view their monthly online report. LLA is the fifth busiest airport in the UK and we know that the travel choices people make when getting to and from the airport can have a big impact on the environment. That’s why we’re championing the use of public transport for all our customers and staff.

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Gatwick Airport began life in 1930 as the Surrey Aero Club, a small flyers club, used exclusively by flying enthusiasts - however it did not stay this way for long. Four years later Gatwick was licensed as a public aerodrome, intended to provide regular air services to Paris and act as a relief aerodrome for London Croydon Airport. In this year Gatwick also gained its first scheduled flights – Hillman’s Airways to Belfast and Paris. The descendants of Hillman’s Airways still fly from Gatwick; though you might know them better as the company they later formed a part of - British Airways. Today, they have been joined by roughly 56 airlines flying to 228 destinations and carrying over 45 million passengers. We’ve come a long way since the 30s. Take a look below to see the key points in our journey from private aerodrome to RAF base to the busiest single-runway airport in the world. London Gatwick became an aerodrome back in the 1930s, but the airport we know today was officially opened on 9 June 1958 by Her Majesty The Queen. Over the last 60 years our airport has grown from just 186,000 passengers to over 46 million passengers in 2019. However, the global pandemic in 2020 saw international travel restricted and our passenger numbers fall to 10 million for the year.

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Anyone can be a Heritage Ambassador. Help take our past into the future. Spread the word and generate revenue. Make heritage your business and earn with your passion for art and culture. ArtAcadia.org is an umbrella organization for everything pertaining to our heritage and respective cultures. Providing a platform for Heritage Ambassadors, to help take our past into the future. We are a passionate community that is compiling a comprehensive global directory and cultural map. Facilitating networking, training, work opportunities, events and marketplace.

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