Freight operations have re-commenced at Kent International Airport.

New owners Infratil welcomed the first aircraft, an Air Atlanta 747, which flew in from London Gatwick to have an engine changed.

Since then there have been several visitors, notably two African International DC8 aircraft which flew in to load 78 tons of chemicals bound for Venezuela.

General Manager Phill Vann said, “KIA is now open for business and we’re delighted to have got freight operations under way. We’re doing all we can to bring new business to the airport.” (Photo shows a 747).