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Boom time for Kent air firm

[ September 30, 2015   //   ]

The widespread disruption caused by Operation Stack proved to be a welcome bonus for one Kent company. Light aircraft operator World Executive Airways (WEA), based at London Ashford Airport in Lydd, said its business had soared as customers sought alternatives to rail and ferry services. Aircraft movements were up 45% in the past year.
The biggest growth in demand has come from the automotive industry says managing director, Jonathan Gordon. “We’re getting increasing requests to deliver urgently-needed car parts to production lines, with customers including BMW Mini, Honda and Porsche.We’re also seeing rising demand from airlines, such as Air France and British Airways, for aircraft spares in order to service aircraft that are grounded.”
WEA’s fleet, which includes jet, turbo-prop and piston-type aircraft seating up to nine passengers, also have wide access doors and can be quickly reconfigured to take small packages or medium-sized freight shipments.