Lydd Airport's first part of revamp complete

Lydd Airport aerial view
Image caption The public inquiry into the runway extension and new terminal building began in February

The first phase of the multi-million pound refurbishment of Kent's Lydd Airport has been completed.

The work on improving passenger check-in and security facilities is part of a development programme due to be completed by the end of the year.

Also complete are the larger arrivals and baggage reclaim areas and a new departure lounge designed to handle 100 passengers per hour.

More than £30m has been spent on improvements at the airport.

Local economy

Airport manager Bernard Daly said: "I am pleased to say that, during the project, we have supported people from the local community where possible.

"We have spent almost £100,000 of the refurbishment budget within the local economy, employing tradesmen from the [Romney] Marsh area and buying materials from local suppliers."

Lydd Airport has submitted planning applications for a 294m runway extension plus a 150m starter extension and a new terminal capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year.

The public inquiry into the planning application got under way in February.

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