Just a five short hours away, Weymouth is set to become London’s 6th airport.
Having persuaded the International Olympics Committee that there was quick and easy access from the East of London to the seaside town, Weymouth council have taken the bold step of extending the airstrip to accommodate passenger jets from around the globe.
The town has been used to air traffic with upwards of two pleasure flights a day in the season taking an average of seven people around the bay and back again.
The airport is owned by Jim Wheelsmith, whose 200 strong herd of prize Holstiens graze the neighbouring fields. Jim is upbeat about the planned expansion. “We’ve had a lot of people leave here over the years and, barring the occasional disaster, they’ve all landed here too. This expansion will see people leaving here and landing somewhere else. People from somewhere else will be landing here. It’s going to really open Weymouth up to the world.” Rocking back in his muck splattered wellies he added, “and that London is not far away I’m told.”
A spokesman for Weymouth council said the planned expansion was on schedule and would certainly be ready for the 2012 Olympics, explaining, “Everything in place and we’ll be open for business as soon as Jim’s finished mucking out the arrivals lounge.”
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