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In August 1946, the Dunsfold Aerodrome was leased to air charter company Skyways Ltd, who used it as their main operating base. By 1947, Skyways was reported to be the largest air charter company in Europe. It employed “1,300 staff at Dunsfold”, mostly involved in maintaining the aircraft. “A large proportion” were accommodated on the aerodrome which operated 24 hours a day. In addition, there were about 350 aircrew. Its principal contract work was to transport oil company staff to and from Basra. A trip to Basra and back then took about 35 flying hours over four days.

Avro York Sky Courier at Dunsfold
Avro Lancastrian Sky Lane at Skyways operations at Dunsfold
Avro Lancastrian similar to those employed by Skyways. Photo from kitchener.lord
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