Lydd Airport

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Lydd International Airport
Lydd airport logo.svg
Airport type Public
Operator London Ashford Airport Ltd.
Serves London, East Sussex and Kent
Location Lydd, Kent
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 50°57′22″N 000°56′21″E / 50.95611°N 0.93917°E / 50.95611; 0.93917Coordinates: 50°57′22″N 000°56′21″E / 50.95611°N 0.93917°E / 50.95611; 0.93917
EGMD is located in Kent
Location in Kent
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,505 4,938 Grooved Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Movements 16,347
Passengers 670
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Lydd Airport (IATA: LYXICAO: 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[1] 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.[3]

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).[4]

Lydd Air is based at the airport, offering regular flights to Le Touquet in northern France.


Lydd Airport, opened in 1956, was the first airport to be built in the UK following the end of the Second World War. It was built for Silver City Airways and used initially for air ferry services using Bristol Freighters, and was known as Lydd Ferryfield. Later, British United Air Ferries (BUAF) – subsequently becoming British United Airways, (BUA) – also 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 needed to be extended for them to begin operating flights.[citation needed] The managing director of the airport has said that the planned terminal would be able to take 500,000 passengers per year, the majority of whom would be taken away from London Gatwick.

From August 2011, Bin Air began operating nightly chartered freight services using a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner.

Expansion of the airport was approved in 2014 following a legal challenge by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Lydd Airport Action (LAAG) Group..[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
LyddAir Le Touquet


Airlines Destinations
Bin Air Charter: Ostend

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lydd – EGMD
  2. ^ CAA 2013 Stats
  3. ^ "Lydd Airport today is operated by London Ashford Airport Ltd.", "About LAA". Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
  5. ^ BBC News
  6. ^ Moor, Anthony. "A Dove down at Dungeness". Aeroplane (Cudham: Kelsey Publishing) (April 2012): pp98–100. ISSN 0143-7240. 
  7. ^ "G-AMSM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 

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