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Heavy snow forces Norwich airport to close

Airfield closed due to runway and taxiway clearing and de-icing.

The runway at Norwich airport has been forced to close, because of the extreme weather conditions.

Staff will be clearing and de-icing the runway this morning and will update passengers at 8.30am as to whether or not it is safe to use.

Customers are advised to contact their airline directly with any queries regarding individual flights and public transport options to and from the airport are extremely limited.


Pictures: Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze at airport hangar

The scene at Norwich International Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of firefighters are fighting a blaze at a hangar at Norwich International Airport.

Eight fire crews, a water carrier, aerial ladder, control and welfare units are tackling the fire, which is thought to be spreading to the roof of a hangar with an aircraft inside.

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The hangar is located on Liberator Road, with a number of shops and other airport hangars nearby.

A spokesman for Norwich International Airport said: "The fire is being controlled by the fire services, and is taking place in an Air Livery hangar. The airport and services are not affected."

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Fire officials were first alerted to the fire at 9.43am, but confirmed that there are no reports of any casualties.

A spokesman confirmed the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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Pilot arrested in Norwich admits being over drink limit

A pilot has admitted flying a passenger jet from Spain while three times over the alcohol limit.

Pilot Ian Jennings arriving at Norwich Magistrates' Court Credit: PA Images

Ian Jennings, 47, from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport last month after landing a commercial chartered plane with about ten people on board.

Today at Norwich Magistrates' Court he admitted flying while the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The police had received information from a member of the public and attended Norwich Airport.

The passengers were allowed to get off the aircraft and he was breathalysed.

This offence is aggravated by the fact he had flown from Spain with passengers on board.

– Prosecutor Lesla Small

Officers detected 31 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 militres of breath - the limit for pilots is nine microgrammes while the limit for drivers is 35.

Marcus Crosskell, mitigating for Jennings, said: "He is a gentleman of unblemished character with a 20-year-plus career as a pilot."

Magistrates said the case was so serious it would have to be sentenced by a crown court judge at a later date.

Jennings was released on bail on the condition he does not fly any aircraft.

His licence has been suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Norwich Airport sold to Rigby Group PLC

Norwich Airport is under new ownership. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich Airport has been sold to regional airport owner Rigby Group PLC.

It's the third airport to be bought by the group, who also own Coventry and Exeter Airports.

The company's CEO Sir Peter Rigby is worth £550m according to The Sunday Times rich list.

“Regional airports are vitally important to the economic development of regions, not just in the UK but across the world," Chairman and Chief Executive Sir Peter Rigby said.

"To survive and prosper, smaller regional airports need to cooperate and collaborate - enabling them to benefit from the economies of scale and sharing of best practice traditionally enjoyed by larger hub airports.

“I am delighted to welcome everyone at Norwich International Airport to our fast growing team.

Over the last decade they have worked hard to establish the site as East Anglia's flagship aviation hub, and I am very much looking forward to working together as we continue to expand operations and build on that success.”

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