The airfield at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus will be opened up to more aviation investment and use after being granted a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Aerodrome licence.
The success follows directly from the £1.5m invested by Fareham Borough Council into upgrading the airfield's main runway.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: " We have been working closely with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to ensure the continued growth and viability of the airfield. This is another important step in opening up the airfield to a greater variety of aircraft and business opportunities. I would like to thank the HCA and the airfield managers, RCAM for the work they put in towards getting this licence for us. The larger business and corporate aircraft that we can now attract will certainly assist in boosting employment opportunities for those companies maintaining such planes."
Paul Rankin from Regional & City Airports (RCA) said: "RCA are pleased to announce the successful application and award of an Aerodrome Licence for Daedalus Airfield. RCA submitted to the CAA as part of the application a new Aerodrome Manual and Safety Management System which will enable the airfield to operate to the highest safety standards. The on-going development in the operational team's capability and competencies and the airfield improvements, including the new runway, will ensure that Daedalus Airfield is the preferred destination and base for General and Corporate Aviation in the South of England."
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