Pilot launches Facebook bid to 'save' city airport

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    PLYMOUTH pilots have launched a Facebook campaign in a bid to help "Save Plymouth City Airport".

    The online group, formed by Simon Burnham, a pilot from Plymouth Flying School, has already attracted almost 400 supporters, including fellow pilots and passengers alike.

    The closure of Plymouth City Airport is not a foregone conclusion – because the city council could decide it has to stay open.
    A number of city-based pilots say this is the point they wanted to highlight adding it was up to the city to pressure the council into keeping the facility going.

    Simon Burnham said: "Plymouth is the most out of the way city in England. Just because the current operator has failed it doesn't mean the concept should fail too. Plymouth City Council should take it upon themselves to operate the airport as an asset regardless of whether it makes money in the short term."
    Flying instructor Lyn Facy said that although the country was in recession, the city should look to the future.

    "The sun will shine again and we shall wake up and find that we haven't got an infrastructure for our city," she said.
    "We should do everything we can to retain the airport for business. The city needs to hang onto the assets it's got – once it's gone - it's gone. We all know there would be no way of getting it re-licensed."

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