Expansion plans for both Biggin Hill and Southend Airports promise important benefits for business aircraft operators making for the UK capital. Both airports are prefixed “London,” but unlike some others that make similar claims they are in fact physically closer than many.
Probably more active here at Farnborough International 2006 than any other exhibitor is ATC Lasham (Hall 1/Stand B22), which handles all arriving and departing aircraft.
TAG Aviation's application for more weekend aircraft movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport was rejected by the local Rushmoor Borough Council. The company, which operates Farnborough under a lease agreement, wants to boost the number of movements permitted each year on weekends and holidays from 2,500 to 5,000 and has offered to introduce this increase incrementally over three years.
Charter broker Hunt & Palmer has opened a new office in Hong Kong. According to the UK-based group’s executive aviation manager, Neil Harvey, the operation will be able to exploit high levels of growth in demand for charter flights into mainland China and the Far East region over the next five years.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 4292) is making substantial investments to bolster its standing as one of the UK capital’s leading business aviation gateways. Next week the privately owned facility begins a $1 million construction project to increase its ramp space by 60 percent to provide greater room and flexibility for parking aircraft.
August Palmer, a selectman in Oxford, Conn., opposes adding approach lights to the master plan at the town’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport. He maintains the landing aids would add noise and light pollution to the area. Airport officials and local pilots disagree, saying the lights would add safety. David Head, supervising planner for the DOT, said, “It enhances pilot reference during low visibility.
Next month TAG Aviation is due to complete construction of a new terminal at Farnborough Airport. The 50,000-sq-ft building at the London-area airport will include an operations center, passenger lounge and offices.
Final bids to buy the UK’s London City Airport (LCY) were lodged on September 12 and a deal was expected to be agreed upon around press time. According to LCY managing director Richard Gooding, the sale will release new funds for further investment at the privately owned, downtown gateway.
Charter broker Air Partner has entered the flight-planning market with the creation of a new division called Flight-Operations.com. The venture is based at Air Partner’s headquarters near London Gatwick Airport. Flight-Operations.com is led by Tim Lester, the former deputy managing director of rival flight-planning company Baseops. The company is operational 24/7 and can help with complex overflight and landing permit procedures.
At a time when business aviation in Europe is finding it ever harder to expand its infrastructure because of land scarcity and local opposition, TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe.