Around 70 jobs have been lost after struggling Coventry Airport closed down ahead of a winding-up petition due in court today (Wednesday).
The airport, which has only handled cargo since the last scheduled passenger flights were stopped over a year ago, shut its doors on Tuesday.
The site's owner faces the winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs in the High Court.
Coventry Airport has not been used for scheduled passenger flights since airline Thomsonfly ceased operations in November 2008. Since then, it has been operating as a cargo terminal and a base for executive jets and aviation-related businesses.
The Civil Aviation Authority said the airport's owner, West Midlands Airport Ltd, issued a Notice to Airmen on Wednesday informing them of the closure.
It effectively informed pilots and aircraft that the airport was no longer operational.
A spokeswoman for Coventry Airport issued a short statement. She said: "The board and shareholders of West Midlands International Airport Limited have made the decision to close Coventry Airport with immediate effect."
Sources at the airport said they were not surprised by the closure. Rob Davies, from HD Air, said he moved the company's business to Birmingham at the beginning of November.
He said: "We moved because we got a better deal and we were more comfortable with the management at Birmingham."
Opened in 1936, the airport was used as an RAF base during the Second World War and was damaged by enemy bombing.
Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council, said: "This is a real blow to Coventry and I am very disappointed to hear this news. I believe that a city like ours should have its own airport.
"We remain committed to the long-term future of the site as an airport and we will be doing all that we can to support the attempts to secure new ownership and on-going commercial management.
"We understand that the airport will remain closed until at least the outcome of the winding-up order."