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Residents in Wanaka, New Zealand, were encouraged to join conversations on the future of Wanaka Airport at interactive community and stakeholder engagement sessions. Discussions surrounding what the hub could evolve into by 2045 included the airport’s strengths, thoughts on the return of scheduled services and opportunities for growth.

18th June 2018



The future of flying

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has published a report in cooperation with young people think tank ThinkYoung called Expanding Horizons: How Millennials see the Future of Business Aviation. The survey asked young people aged 18-25 in Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland about mobility, business aviation and the future of sustainable personal air transport. Read more on Andrea Gerosa, founder of young people’s think-tank ThinkYoung, thoughts here

04th June 2018



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Mass cocaine haul worth US$70.6m found on jet at TAG Farnborough

An attempt to smuggle an estimated £50m (US$70.6m) worth of cocaine into the UK has been prevented by Border Force officers at TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK.

The 15 suitcases of cocaine were found aboard a private jet arriving from Bogota, South America, alongside five passengers. The weight of the drugs is estimated to total 550kg (1,212 lb), with a full forensic analysis due to take place.

Mike Stepney, deputy chief operating officer, Border Force, said, “Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to prevent drug trafficking and bring those responsible to justice.

“This was a significant find made possible by the vigilance of dedicated Border Force officers. They have prevented a substantial quantity of drugs from ending up on our streets and causing untold misery and damage to our communities.

“After meeting the flight and questioning those on board, officers became suspicious and searched the aircraft and their luggage. When opened, each case was found to contain between 34 to 37 tape wrapped packages weighing approximately one kilo each. One of these was pierced and a white powder exposed which tested positive for cocaine.”

Border Force arrested the five passengers on suspicion of importing class A drugs. It is believed to be one of the largest seizures of its kind in the UK.

Business Airport International reached out to TAG Farnborough for comment, who said, “This is a matter for the authorities. We do not comment on individual aircraft and passengers.”

The investigation has now been passed on to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

February 5, 2018

By Kirstie Pickering


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