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Cotswold Airport granted licence to perform civil ceremonies

01 Dec 2017

Cotswold Airport has been granted a licence to perform civil ceremonies aboard its Boeing 747 Party Plane and in the operational control tower

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Privately-owned Cotswold Airport has launched its ‘Cotswold Airport Wedding Collection’, a trio of unique venues that have been granted a licence to hold civil wedding ceremonies and naming ceremonies. The collection includes two world exclusives; the world’s only licensed Boeing 747 party plane, and the world’s only licensed operational control tower. The third venue in the collection is AV8, the airport’s on-site restaurant.

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Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, the airport is popular with celebrities and high-profile personalities, who fly in and out in luxury private jets and helicopters. This hidden gem is a destination for both aviation and exclusive events. Head of events at the airport Jo Welch said: “We are extremely excited about this new sector of our business. Cotswold Airport is an established popular general aviation airfield that has been here on site for almost 80 years. Formerly known as RAF Kemble, the aerodrome started out as an RAF maintenance base, became home to the Red Arrows for many years, and was then bought privately by entrepreneur and ex RAF engineer, Ronan Harvey 15 years ago.

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“Ronan's daughter, Suzannah Harvey is the group CEO and has driven the business to become what it is today - a thrilling place to visit with an on-site restaurant, a thriving general aviation community, and a wide variety of corporate and private events. As head of events I want to capitalise on the uniqueness of this site and everything it has to offer. We do have a Boeing 747 that is stripped out and used for events, so the idea came about to get it licensed for civil ceremonies. As discussions went on, we also decided to licence the control tower. Both are the only venues of their kind in the world licensed in this way.”

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For more information, visit www.cotswoldairport.com/weddings

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