Marshall Aerospace has made an application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for outline planning permission to build a new passenger terminal.
Plans for new terminal by 2003
The application was submitted in October 2001. As well as offices for airport staff and resident airline operators, it is intended that the new terminal will provide a viewing area for members of the public and a cafe
The new terminal, which would replace the existing old, cramped and badly located terminal, would not lead to any significant increase in the number of flights from the airport and the initiative to improve the airport has been supported by the Cambridge Airport Consultative Committee. Routinely, the new terminal could handle up to one B737 at a time, together with business and executive aircraft similar to those which currently use the present terminal.
At present the airport handles three daily scheduled ScotAirways flights to Amsterdam, and a number of charter and business executive flights.
David Buckley, who takes over as Airport Director on 1 January 2002, will be co-ordinating plans to ensure that the airport meets the needs of the travelling public as well as satisfying regulatory needs. There is an increasing demand from members of the travelling public in Cambridge to have better facilities at the airport.
David Buckley said: 'Cambridge Airport provides an excellent regional location for business and leisure travellers. Its size and location lend itself perfectly to provide a hassle-free, convenient journey, with minimum checking-in time (10 minutes) which cannot be achieved at other, large airports.
'Its operational airfield facilities are second to none and, with a 1950 metre runway, approach radar, DME, NDB, ILS and CAT I approach lighting, it is one of the best equipped regional airports in the country.'
Marshall is also positively keen to support requests from local people for Cambridge Airport to be rebranded as Cambridge City Airport.
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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.