GAIN (The General Aviation Infrastructure Network) has announced its support for the No Fairoaks New Town campaign group which has been campaigning for the protection of Fairoaks Airport (Chobham, Surrey) since February 2017 when plans were unveiled without consultation to build a 2,000-home garden village development on the site of the historic licenced General Aviation (GA) airfield.

 

No Fairoaks New Town was founded by local resident Krikor Krikorian and is funded by donations from local residents and businesses keen to save this important community infrastructure asset. Campaign chairman Douglas Mancini said, “I am delighted to receive support from GAIN at a national level and am very appreciative of the assistance they have already given. With GAIN’s help, I am even more hopeful that our campaign will succeed.”

GAIN has been set up to protect UK General Aviation airfields and to educate national and local government and the public about the value of GA to the UK economy (£3 billion per year) and about its important contribution to the £60 billion Commercial Aviation sector. GA plays an important part in transport, heritage, tourism and inward investment. GAIN plans to help GA airfield owners and managers to grow the value of their infrastructure asset to benefit the local communities alongside the GA community by assuring their long term future through increased profitability.

GAIN is working closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation with a particular focus on campaign to protect GA airfields under imminent threat including ‘FlyPlymouth’ (Plymouth City Airport). GAIN’s Chairman, Pauline Vahey, said, “The No Fairoaks New Town campaign has already garnered more than 5,200 signatures in a local petition. We are looking forward to helping the campaign build on this success locally and nationally, with our common aim to save Fairoaks Airport as a vital part of the national aviation infrastructure.”

“We are calling on local authorities to take a longer-term view on GA airfields and their important role not only today but in the future as landing sites for a wide range of air traffic – from medical emergencies to small scale commercial deliveries. The benefits to local and national economies are significant, and we are looking to establish legal protections to prevent the haphazard destruction of our nation’s irreplaceable transportation infrastructure.”