Prince Michael of Kent flies into Biggin Hill for official opening of Bombardier service centre

By Luke King in Business

HIS Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent has visited Biggin Hill for the official opening of a new aircraft service centre, where he unveiled a brass plaque in the hangar.

Bombardier Business Aircraft’s new 51,541 sq. feet facility at Biggin Hill airport will provide heavy maintenance and support services for more than 600 Bombardier jets based in Europe. It is equipped to perform maintenance, modifications and avionics installations for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.

Airport chairman Andrew Walters thanked the local community for supporting companies that provide jobs and apprenticeships for local people, even if that meant longer opening hours at Biggin Hill. The Bombardier facility will eventually operate on a 24 hours a day, seven day a week basis.

“Local people said that they wanted the good high-tech modern jobs for their sons and daughters near to where they are growing up,” Walters said. “So, a huge thanks to all in the local community who supported our plans and we are certain that we and Bombardier will repay that faith and deliver those jobs.”

Located just 12 miles from central London and nine miles from the financial district, Biggin Hill airport offers VIP handling, hangarage, support and maintenance services for all types of business jets.

Montreal-based Bombardier is a manufacturer of both planes and trains.

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