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Full report: Filton Airfield closure

There was an emotional farewell to the A380 superjumbo today as it left Bristol for the last time. The closure of Filton Airfield to all flights on Friday brings the curtain down on a century of aviation there.

Airbus employees who helped build the plane were given a farewell flight, while a Spitfire's restoration was completed just in time to take to the skies as well. Richard Payne has the story.

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A380 final flight from Filton Airfield for Airbus staff

A380 final flight
A380 takes Airbus employees on a final flight from Filton Airfield Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Airbus A380 arrived at Filton Airfield for the final time. The plane, which is the world's largest commercial aircraft and which was developed and built at Filton, was taking Airbus employees on one final flight. The airfield is due to close this Friday.

A look back at Filton Airfield's most important moments

In a few weeks Filton Airfield near Bristol will finally close. Some of the most important planes in British history were made there - from wartime bombers to Concorde.

A documentary team has collected hours of archive footage of some of Filton's most important moments. But the man behind the film says he thinks it's a disgrace the airfield is closing at all. Robert Murphy reports.

Filton Airfield to close at the end of the year

The historic airfield was the birthplace of concorde. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The owner of Filton Airfield, BAE Systems has announced that the airfield will close on December 31st 2012. The company says it has informed all those who use the airfield of the decision.

Following the announcement, Andrew Cheesman, Director of BAE Systems said:

"This decision has been taken following a long review of the airfield’s commercial and economic viability. We regret the impact that this will have on our 19 employees and we will work with them to explore employment opportunities."

You can read the full statement on the Bristol Filton Airport website.

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Public meeting to discuss Filton Airfield closure

Concorde passes a "Welcome Home" sign after it touches down at Airbus UK's Filton airfield, Bristol, Credit: PA

A public meeting to discuss the impending closure of Filton Airfield will be held tonight [Friday]. It has been organised by the local UKIP branch. Controversy has surrounded its closure since it was announced by BAE Systems last year. The Airfield was the birthplace of Concorde.

BAE abandons merger plans

BAE Systems has sites in Filton and Yeovil. Credit: ITV West

Defence contractor BAE Systems confirmed today that plans for a £28 billion merger with French rival EADS have been scrapped.

The deal would have created a defence titan with combined sales of £60 billion and more than 220,000 staff, with around 52,000 employees in the UK.

BAE Systems has sites in Filton and Yeovil. Unions believed the link-up would have created a strong company to guarantee jobs in the long term.

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