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'Renowned' flight school at Bournemouth Airport has ceased trading after 20 years

BCFT <i>(Image: Daily Echo)</i>
BCFT (Image: Daily Echo)

A FLIGHT school based at Bournemouth Airport for more than 20 years has ceased trading.

Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training Centre, in Aviation Park West, has stopped all lessons and flights.

Once one of the south’s biggest flight schools, BCFT has been based at Bournemouth Airport since 2002.

The website for BCFT says the flight school is “renowned in the aviation industry” and its students train both from Bournemouth Airport and in Florida with partners Florida Institute of Technology.

Bournemouth Echo: BCFT planes are under cover
Bournemouth Echo: BCFT planes are under cover

BCFT planes are under cover (Image: Daily Echo)

We are told by staff at BCFT the company ceased trading on September 15. We’ve attempted to contact BCFT’s management team for a comment but have had no response.

Steve Gill, managing director at Bournemouth Airport, said: “BCFT have been a long-standing tenant of the airport and while their contribution was a relatively small part of the business, we are of course saddened by the news that they have ceased trading and hope that something may emerge in their place in the future.

“Generally, however Bournemouth Airport continues to see overall sustained growth. We are expecting to have achieved 95 per cent of our pre-covid passenger numbers this year and only this week Ryanair has confirmed that they will be retaining an aircraft at Bournemouth this winter, with 40 flights a week in their winter schedule including new flights to Venice and Lanzarote.”

BCFT recently changed its name on Companies House to The Silver How Ltd in late October. No extra information is provided.

The flight school’s sole director remains in place.