Airport confirms idea to host tourist planes remains on the ground

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson at Halfpenny Green Airport, right, with airport operations manager Alastair Mackinnon, left.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson at Halfpenny Green Airport, right, with airport operations manager Alastair Mackinnon, left.

First published in Local

HALFPENNY Green Airport near Stourbridge has confirmed it has no plans to run passenger transport services from its site, despite recent fears.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson was given assurances about future plans during a flying visit to the airport.

Concerns had surfaced about future services after a local councillor suggested the airport could be used to fly in top end tourists to the region.

But Mr Williamson confirmed: "There are no plans to turn Halfpenny Green into a tourist mecca for cheap flights. The infra-structure just isn't there.

"They have no plans to deviate from a business airport with private planes for private individuals.

"It's a massive reassurance and it will be a massive relief to people living in the area.

"The airport was originally purchased off the MOD back in the 1960s as a private airport and local residents will be happy to see it remain as that.

"It's good news all-round and means the airport remains in keeping with the area."

Future plans for Halfpenny Green comprise a new instrument approach to air traffic control and new hangers for business aircraft.

Airport bosses also discussed the importance of promoting business in the West Midlands with the MP, who was then treated to an aerial trip of his South Staffordshire constituency in a 48-year-old Cessna.

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