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VIDEO: British Airways planes park up at Cotswold Airport

British Airways planes have made trips to an unexpected destination as the coronavirus crisis hits air travel.

People living near Cotswold Airport in Kemble may be free from its normal air traffic, but this week it has welcomed the red, white and blue-liveried 747s heading to what has become a makeshift storage park.

The airport is closed to its usual traffic, but the former RAF Kemble site has become a handy place to keep the grounded planes as its two kilometre runway is long enough for them to land.

Air Salvage International, which is based at the airport, welcomes many large aircraft to be scrapped and it is believed the new arrivals are being looked after by its sister company GCAM, which specialises in storage and maintenance.

Up to one third of British Airways' fleet is normally airborne at any one time, but with air travel restricted there is not room for them all to remain at major airports.

The five new arrivals made the short journey from Heathrow and are all more than 20 years old and due to be retired from service next year.

Their arrival has sparked appeals for planespotters not to congregate near the airport to catch a glimpse of them.

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