|Lydd International Airport|
|IATA: LYX – ICAO: EGMD|
|Operator||London Ashford Airport Ltd.|
|Serves||London, East Sussex and Kent|
|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
|Sources: UK AIP at NATS
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority
Lydd Airport (IATA: LYX, ICAO: EGMD) is located 1.2 NM (2.2 km; 1.4 mi) northeast of the town of Lydd and 12 NM (22 km; 14 mi) south of Ashford in the District of Shepway within Kent, England. It is also known as London Ashford Airport, which officially only refers to its operator.
Lydd Airport has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P858) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (London Ashford Airport Limited).
Lydd Airport was the first airport built in the UK after the Second World War, in 1956. It was used initially for air ferry services, and was known as Lydd Ferryfield. The airlines operating at that time included Silver City Airways (operating Douglas Dakotas) and British United Air Ferries (BUAF) – later becoming British United Airways, (BUA) – which flew Bristol Freighters, Superfreighters and Aviation Traders Carvair aircraft, the latter three types being used for transporting cars and their occupants across the English Channel. One common destination was Le Touquet.
During the 1980s the airport was bought by Hards Travel from Solihull, who used the airport (along with Coventry Airport) as its base for its holiday operations to Spain, Italy and Austria, using Dart Herald and Viscount aircraft flying to Beauvais in France, where customers were transferred to coaches for the remainder of the journey. During this time Hards operated 14 flights a day from the airport, and used the large fields surrounding the airport for car parking. The main brand Hards traded under was Summer-Plan, and in the winter Ski-Plan, as well as HTS Holidays.
In July 2011 CityJet conducted flight tests with the Avro RJ and Fokker 50 to see if the runway needs to be extended for them to begin operating flights. The managing director of the airport has said that the planned terminal will be able to take 500,000 passengers per year, the majority of which would be taken away from London Gatwick.
Airlines and destinations 
|Bin Air||Chartered Freight: Ostend|
Getting to the Airport 
If driving to the airport, the best way to get to us from other North Kent, London and the rest of the uk is to head towards London (if travelling from the rest of the uk) and on to the M25 Motorway to Junction 3 and then on to the M20 Motorway to Junction 10 at Ashford and then via the A2070 to Brenzett and continue along the A259 towards New Romney and then turn on to B2075 (Lydd Lane) towards Lydd and our approch road is just off it before Lydd Town Centre. If comming from South East Kent travell via Folkestone which is Junction 13 of the M20 Motorway and along the A259 through Hythe, Dymchurch and New Romney and then turn off the B2075 (Lydd Lane) towards Lydd and our approch road is just off it before Lydd Town Centre. If coming from East Sussex then travvel via Rye along the A259 and turn off at the B2075 (Camber Road) through the village of Camber and Lydd Town Centre and our approch road is off it just passed the town centre and over the bridge
If comming by the train its best to travell to Ashford International Station on the High Speed 1 line from LondonSt PancrasStation and then travell either by bus or taxi to the airport. alternitivly you can tavell to Ham Street or Rye, but you still will have to get a taxi or bus to the airport. How frequent are buses from the stations to the airport? check below from either station and work out the best journey time to suite you.
Stagecoach in East Kent provide local bus services to and from the airport.
From Hamstreet and Ashford: 11, 11A, 11B Hourly (Monday to Friday) every 90 minutes (Saturday) to and from Ashford.
From Hythe, Folkestone and Dover: 101 There is one 101 bus to Lydd and 15 minutes later there is another 101 bus to Lydd that continues to Hastings as route 100. (Route changes number in the town centre, not at the airport) and then its 45 minutes until the first 101 bus to Lydd. Every 30 minutes to Hythe, Folkestone and Dover. Houry on Sunday and bank holidays
From Camber, Rye and Hastings 100 Every hour to Lydd then joins up with 1 of the 2 101 (every 30 minutes) to Hythe, Folkestone and Dover. (Route number changes in Lydd town centre, not at the airport but you can get a through ticket and you do not need to change buses, just stay seated and enjoy the Village. In frequent Sunday and Bank Holiday Buses normally leave Rye Station to Lydd just after trains arrive so you can transfer quickly and easily. Buses normally leave Lydd in time to catch the trains at Rye station so you can also transfer quickly and easily
Accidents and incidents 
- On 15 January 1958, de Havilland Dove G-AOCE of Channel Airways crashed at Dungeness whilst attempting to land at Ferryfield. The accident was due to a double engine failure caused by mismanagement of the aircraft's fuel system by the pilot. All seven people on board survived.
- On 17 August 1978, Douglas C-47B G-AMSM of Skyways Cargo Airline was damaged beyond economic repair in a take-off accident.
See also 
- Lydd – EGMD
- UK Airport Statistics: 2007 – annual
- "Lydd Airport today is operated by London Ashford Airport Ltd.", "About LAA". Retrieved 29 December 2008.
- Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
- "G-AMSM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Lydd Airport
- A Bristol Freighter & ATL Carvair pictured at Lydd Ferryfield in 1965
- Lydd Aero Club
- UK Planning
- Shepway District Council
- Some photos of famous people at Lydd Ferryfield