London Ashford Airport has received planning permission from Shepway District Council for its £25 million expansion scheme on Romney Marsh in Kent.
The airport, in Lydd, currently accommodates 3,000 passengers per annum but the new works would accommodate 500,000 passengers each year and create over 500 new jobs for the area.
The £25 million plans will deliver a new terminal building and a 444m runway extension.
The improved airport will be able to offer flights to a range of European destinations.
Director of Indigo Planning – which advised the London Ashford Group - Sean McGrath said: “This was a complex decision because of the sensitivity of the location. However, councillors were satisfied that the environmental impacts are acceptable and the plans will bring many benefits to the local community, including much-needed jobs.”