Nearly 40 years since Humberside Airport really took off
FORTIETH anniversary celebrations will be in order in March 2014 at what is now the Humberside International Airport at Kirmington.
For it was on March 26, 1974 that Alderman Albert Cox, of Cleethorpes, the chairman of Lindsey County Council's planning committee, officially opened what was then called Kirmington (Lincolnshire) Airport.
But only six days after that ceremony, a new administrative county was created by government reorganisation and the airport's name was changed to Humberside.
The year 1984 also saw a significant step forward with the number of passengers through the airport topping 100,000 for the first time.
This was described at the time as a major breakthrough.
Another big leap forward came in December 1989 when it was announced that holiday flights to Jersey were to start the following spring on Capital Airlines' sleek BAE 146 aircraft.
Sun-seekers were told to expect Jersey By Air flights from Humberside every Saturday from April to October.
Interestingly, the steel industry in Scunthorpe played a key role in getting the airport project off the ground more than 40 years ago.
With the Anchor steelworks expansion on the way, the British Steel Corporation agreed to contribute £70,000 towards development costs of the airport in return for concessions over landing fees for BSC executive aircraft.