Group's bid to save Plymouth airport from closure

Plymouth Airport
Image caption The airport was heading for a £1m loss over the next year, said its owners

Business leaders and aviation industry figures have joined together in a bid to save Plymouth City Airport.

In August, airport operators Sutton Harbour Group (SHG) announced they would be shutting the site to passenger flights in December.

It said the airport, which employs 56 people, was facing a £1m loss over the next year.

Campaign group Viable said their aim was to build a "present and viable plan" for its future.

SHG said the airport had suffered "significant losses in recent years", blaming the economic downturn and "challenges for the UK regional aviation market".

Viable aims to build support for a working airport from Plymouth's population, its businesses and the city council, delivering a plan that would be acceptable to the airport's stakeholders.

Viable said that if the airport can be saved its aim would be to form a "watchdog group" which would safeguard its future.

A Viable spokesman said: "There's an open invite to anybody who wants to see something serious and workable and acceptable.

"If there is any chance at all for this to a have a future someone has to act quickly and come up with a viable plan."

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