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[23 FEB 00] COVENTRY AIRPORT PRESS RELEASE
Airbus Visits Coventry Airport

An Airbus A300 B4 has become the largest aircraft to use West Midland International (Coventry) Airport for many years with a recent non stop flight from Vitoria, Spain.

Operated by Dutch carrier Schreiner Airways the wide bodied specialist freighter aircraft flew some 24 tonnes of motor vehicle parts for Toyota, whose plant is at Burnaston, Derby. Aircraft broker Roberts Express, Maastricht, Holland, managed the arrangement.

"We are very pleased indeed that Toyota chose Coventry for this movement," said Airport Director Peter Jackson.

"We were able to give the operator the sort of individual support that is virtually impossible at the very busy gateway airports. With a total length of 1825m the Coventry runway is very much within the capability of the Airbus."

Mr Jackson said that the airport was making serious efforts to attract other operators of the twin engine B4, now proving to be one of the most popular large freight aircraft.

"What we emphasise at Coventry is a lack of congestion and very easy access to the main north-south and east-west motorways. We can tailor the operation to suit the requirements of both the freight customer and the aircraft operator."

Other recent airport clients have included Marconi, Jaguar, Volkswagen, IBM, and the Arrows Racing Team.

Coventry Airport was established by Coventry Corporation in 1936. From that year up until the late fifties its principal function was as an airfield serving the manufacturing company Armstrong Whitworth.

Several thousand aircraft were constructed at Coventry between 1936 and the closure of the aircraft production facility in the early sixties.

Air Atlantique established it headquarters at Coventry in December 1985. Royal Mail also became resident at the airport and today its facility is the largest parcel sorting hub in Europe.

In June 1998 West Midlands International Airport Ltd was created as a division of the Air Atlantique Group acquiring 100% of the airport from Coventry City Council.

MORE INFORMATION:
Peter Jackson  024 7630 1717
Malcolm Ginsberg 01707 665454  malcolm@Ginsberg.co.uk

   

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