Fri, Apr 02, 2004
Brits Say It's Illegal
Low fare service is one
thing, but when the airline is operating out of a temporary
building without a permit -- well, British authorities say that's
just not cricket.
But that's just what German-based TUI's Thomsonfly apparently
did, much to the dismay of British zoning officials in Coventry,
England. TUI owns both the airline and the airport from which it
flies. Even as Thompsonfly's first flights were taking off to
Jersey, Malaga, Rome, Valencia and Venice, executives were being
served notice that they have to stop using the temporary building
as a terminal and that the building itself could soon be razed to
Apparently, the airline
never applied for the proper permits. Very irregular, eh, what?
"The council has been very clear all along," said Richard
Brooker, a spokesman for the Warwick District Council. "What it is
requiring is for full and proper planning consent to be applied for
lawful use of the terminal building, nothing more and nothing less.
The planning committee were unanimous in their decision... to go
along with enforcement action against the airport because the
passenger terminal has been built without planning permission."
So far, the Brooker says the council had received about 2500
complaints from residents about the temporary terminal
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