A Gloucestershire airfield steeped in history, Kemble aerodrome (Cotswold Airport) is now home to a growing general aviation community and a host of successful businesses. Kemble Air Services Ltd, the owners of Cotswold Airport, are totally committed to making it one of the finest airfields in the country without spoiling the natural charm that abounds on this 532-acre site.
Best known to many people as the former base of the RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team this Gloucestershire airfield still reverberates to the sound of classic British jets, albeit they are now privately owned. After the departure of the United States Air Force in 1993 Kemble faced a bleak future, and looked destined to go the way of so many ex-military airfields – back to agriculture or an industrial estate. However, over the years local businesses have occupied most of the buildings and aviation has returned to this historic airfield. This was largely due to the successful acquisition of the airfield from the Ministry of Defence by Ronan Harvey and a consortium of local businesses in March 2001.
The resurgence of energy that Ronan put back into Cotswold Airport (Kemble) had started several years before he bought the site. He had relocated his own business “Polydron” from Northampton into one of the hangars and as a keen aviator took out a ten year lease on other hangars. This has now grown to such an extent that Kemble is a thriving business park for both aviation and non-aviation companies. Ronan’s company Kemble Air Services Ltd (now managed by his daughter, Suzannah Harvey) operate the airfield and manage the whole site.
The AV8 restaurant opened in 2005 is another quality feature in an outstanding success story and is open to the public all year round for all to enjoy. At AV8 you will be able to watch the world fly by in a classy atmosphere with a distinctly Mediterranean feel, something that you do not come across very often in the UK.