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Airport renamed after 70 years

Air traffic control Cotswold Airport
The airport runs a scholarship scheme for young aviation enthusiasts

A former military airbase in Gloucestershire has decided to change its name after 70 years in the hope that it will attract more business.

Kemble Airfield, near Cirencester, which was opened by the RAF in 1938 has renamed itself Cotswold Airport. Ronan Harvey bought it from the MOD in 2001.

The rebranding comes weeks after the airport successfully defended a high court bid to restrict its operations.

The base was also home to the Red Arrows display team in the 1980s.

'Tourist brand'

Nick Howard, manager of the airport, said: "I think you're looking at the Cotswold brand really.

"It's a tourist brand - people come from all over the world to the Cotswolds. There's loads of airports all over the country and we've got to try and offer something to make them come here.

"And if it can be something outside the gates - for example the Cotswold tourist industry then that's a good thing.

"That's why they'll land here, stay in local hotels and that's why we can all enjoy their business."

The airport also runs scholarships, in partnership with the fly2help charity.

These are aimed at people between the ages of 14 and 18 who are interested in following careers as pilots, air traffic controllers or aviation engineers.

In June the High Court in London upheld a decision to the granting of a Certificate of Lawfulness for General Aviation at the airport after two local councils tried to place flying restrictions on the site.

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