L3 Commercial Aviation is expanding its U.K. Airline Academy operations with a new site at Cranfield Airport set to open in July 2019. The location will help to increase L3’s flight training capacity for cadets across its European training programs.

“With its existing infrastructure, heritage in aviation and strong network with the industry, we believe that Cranfield represents an attractive location to expand our U.K. training capacity,” said Geoff van Klaveren, vice president of L3 Airline Academy.

By the end of 2019, L3 will operate more than 12 aircraft at Cranfield Airport, providing training capacity for more than 50 cadets. This represents another significant investment from L3 in the U.K. By the end of the year, the site will have created over 27 dedicated permanent jobs within the local economy.

Cranfield University is the only university in Europe with its own airport and runway. Its students and researchers work with some of the world’s top aerospace companies on advanced technologies and innovations. L3’s presence at the site will provide opportunities for future collaborations with the university on next-generation products and technologies.