Luton Airport News Update: Sky Chaplain Retires with Fly Past
Luton Airport News Update: Sky Chaplain retires with fly past. The Reverend Michael Banfield is retiring after eighteen years as chaplain at Luton Airport.
The senior Chaplin of the airport who is an aviation enthusiast and is also the honorary chaplain of the Tiger Moth club was given a flight in a 1941 Tiger Moth that had been arranged for him by his friends and colleagues. The chaplain took up his post back in 1995. At that time there was a rapid growth of the airport and of the numbers of aircraft that it handled. Rev. Banfield has led a team of volunteers that now is eleven strong and offers support to travellers and to the airport’s staff from Jewish and Muslim associate chaplains.
The Rev. Banfield has been a very proactive advocate of airport chaplaincy both at home and internationally and has been the International Association of Civil Aviation Vice President as well as being the President of the British Isles and Ireland network of Airport Chaplains. There have been many achievements by the chaplain but the development and the dedication of Luton airport Chapel in 2000 as well as the opening in 2010 of a Multi-Faith Airside Prayer Room, only the second of its type in Europe, have been highlights of a long and a very dedicated career.
Luton Airport News Update
Luton airport Managing Director Glyn Jones said that Rev Banfield had been a huge asset to Luton Airport and that the whole of the airport community would want to offer their thanks to him for his dedication and unbounded enthusiasm over the years he had worked at Luton Airport.
Reverend Banfield himself said that he had been honored and privileged to be able to have an eighteen-year ministry at the airport and that it had been as rewarding as any job that he could imagine. He particularly enjoyed ministering to such a diverse and friendly community as the staff of the airport and the many travellers whom he had met and ministered to while he had been chaplain. Speaking as an aviation enthusiast the reverend also said that it had been an enormous pleasure to be able to serve within the aviation industry.
As the Reverend Banfield retires, his position will be filled but the Reverend Canon Liz Hughes who will no doubt bring her own brand of dynamism and enthusiastic devotion to the chaplaincy.
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