Proposals for a new Air Park at Cranfield Airport took a step further today with the granting of outline planning permission by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The plans for the Air Park will help the University realise its ambition to develop a state-of-the-art airport for private jets and to help maintain the airport for its research objectives.

Under the plans, the airport will see new aircraft hangars and an associated business terminal, new office space, a hotel and various upgrade works within the airport. The Air Park will be developed over two separate phases with the aim of completion in 2024 and the potential to generate over 600 new jobs.

Rob Abbott, Director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield University, said: “This is an exciting time for Cranfield Airport. Together with the installation of the remote control tower, the development of these new facilities will mean Cranfield Airport is one of the UK’s premier private business airports, underlined by its strategic location.”

Central Bedfordshire Council Director for Regeneration, Jason Longhurst, said: “This development will bring a positive enhancement to the economy of both Cranfield and the wider region, providing significant employment opportunities within Central Bedfordshire. Cranfield is at the cutting edge of innovation and aerospace research and development, so these are plans that chime with both our growing high-performance technologies sector, which has demonstrated significant growth, and also the Government’s ambitions for the Oxford-to-Cambridge arc.”

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