Filton Airfield, Bristol will close on December 31

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By matt_2009 | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13:52

Filton Airfield will close on the last day of 2012 it has been confirmed.

Following discussions with the main airfield user and the local authorities, BAE Systems announced the decision.

Andrew Cheesman, Director, BAE Systems (Aviation Services) Ltd said on their website: "This decision has been taken following a long review of the airfield's commercial and economic viability.  We regret the impact that this will have on our 19 employees and we will work with them to explore employment opportunities.  

"We recognise the importance of Filton airfield to the local residential and business community and understand the concerns its closure may have. We remain in discussion with South Gloucestershire District Council to agree future plans."

BAE Systems has informed all airfield users of the decision and will continue to discuss how users' requirements can be met in preparation for the closure of the airfield.  

Filton has been in operation for more than 100 years and saw the first UK test flight of the Concorde prototype in 1969.

The land – with space for about 2,500 homes - is due to be sold for development.

      

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