Council leaders defend decision to put airport up for sale

Council leaders have defended their decision to put Gloucestershire’s airport up for sale.

Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council have been looking for a new owner for the Staverton airport.

The site has been run by Gloucestershire Airport Ltd for 30 years. The company is current jointly owned by the two councils.

Three years ago the airport the airport received a £15m investment from both council to refurbish its runway.

The improvements included resurfacing, improved draining, and new LED lighting to ensure the airport met Civil Aviation Authority guidelines.

Questions about the sale of the airport were raised at a Gloucester City Council meeting this week.

Cheltenham Borough Council leader Rowena Hay said: “The future of the airport and the contribution both the airport and the businesses located there make to the regional economy is well recognised.

“The timing is now right for both councils to bring in a new owner to take it forward.”

Councillor Jeremy Hilton said: “I would hope there would be full discussion within this council of the options if there is any suggestion that Gloucestershire Airport is put up for sale.”

Airport director Jason Ivey said: “The airport’s a real asset for Gloucestershire and with the right investment it can play an even greater role in unlocking regional growth and supporting exciting projects like the Golden Valley development.”