£50,000 funding drive launched for commercial airport feasibility study

Thomas Munro is hoping to raise £50,000 for a feasibility study into the potential expansion of Bembridge airport for commercial airline use, as an alternative to ferry travel

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A man with a passion for the development of an Isle of Wight airport for commercial airline use is today launching a fundraising campaign.

Thomas Munro is hoping to raise £50,000 for a feasibility study into the potential expansion of Bembridge airport for commercial airline use.

He’s hoping that even if the funding drive for the study raises £25,000, there could be sufficient interest from the council’s regeneration team and other organisations to match fund.

An alternative to the ferries
Thomas told News OnTheWight,

“I am sure there are thousands of Islanders and visitors alike who would love to be able to fly to and from the Island more easily and often more cheaply than, in my view, the expensive, unreliable ferries.”

He adds,

“Hopefully they, along with thousands of potential businesses on the Island , would be willing to support my Crowdfunding bid for the study …. especially as the project would give the Island’s economy a desperately needed boost and would greatly enhance the Island’s connectivity.”

In 2018, Thomas launched a Government petition calling for the development of an Isle of Wight airport for commercial airline use.

Add your support
If you’d like to support the Crowdfunding campaign head over to the GoFundMe Website.

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 9:06am

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Dalek

Weren’t commercial flights trialled once before and failed dismally? Not that I’m saying it’s a bad idea, but the history of it isn’t very encouraging. Plus, we now have the environmental lobby who may have objections to this. Sadly, I feel this is all a bit too late.

chartman

So a holidaymaker flies into Bembridge… Then what? Take a taxi ? Hire a car? Wait for a bus ? As Dalek said, tried before and failed.What’s changed ?

Dalek

If there were onward connections to other international flights, I can see the attraction of IW people wanting to check baggage in at Bembridge and go via another airport to their final destination and collect their bags there (or not!). But you are right, there’s no supporting infrastructure for this at all.

Colin

@chartman. The chauffeur would be there to pick them up.

bbrown

This is almost as silly as a fixed link

Colin

Don’t need one, don’t want one. Ridiculous idea, been suggested many times before; result? No. Almost as stupid as suggesting running a train into Newport. The most stupid suggestion in the 60’s was to stop running a train into Newport by the dunces of the day.

nickrowe

It would be good to see some financial workings out. An air servvice should be cheaper than the ferries surely. But it is generally the vehicle crossings that are ridiculously priced. The ferry foot passenger tickets are not cheap but how they would compete with an aeroplane is beyond me.