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Sir Peter Rigby and the Pope

Sir Peter Rigby may have recently signed off the acquisition of Kavanagh but he has also been busily building another empire that has not made the headlines in the channel press - he owns Coventry Airport.

The airport went into administration last year and at the end of April, Rigby's aviation group Patriot Aerospace bought it to use as a commercial regional hub for business, leisure and freight flights.

However, another sort of traveller had been due to bestow the Midlands-based airport with his presence - Pope Benedict XVI.

He was expected to hold an open-air mass at the site that could have held up to 150,000 people but the papal plans were altered and he is now arriving at Birmingham airport to spend the last day of his trip in the Black Country.

It is not clear if the Pope would have been granted an audience with Sir Peter but the Catholic Church could probably do with some advice on how best to transform its data centre, after all, there are more than 2,000 years of records in the Vatican vaults.

This was first published in September 2010

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