Lydd airport is encouraging conference and event planners to bring their meetings to what was one of the UK’s busiest airports and try a flying lesson or a pleasure flight over the Channel as part of their awayday.
In recent years more than £30m has been spent on upgrading Lydd – now rebranded London Ashford Airport – and the airport has recently been granted planning permission to extend its runway and build a new terminal building.
The Kent airport offers modern meeting facilities within its VIP terminal, while the adjoining Lydd Golf Club – also owned by the airport – adds scope for mixing business with pleasure with a round of golf.
The Biggles Bar and Restaurant can handle 150 delegates and the airport’s Jo Oliver said the venue regularly hosts a number of corporate events, including training seminars, meetings and conferences, with clients including Kent County Council, EDF Energy and regional Chambers of Commerce.
“We also have the flexibility of organising outdoor events using our extensive grounds. In recent years these have included charity fundraising driving days, VW Club member meetings, aviation heritage weekends where people get to fly in a helicopter alongside a WWII Spitfire and even a couple of airshows,” said Oliver.
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