Cambridge Airport launches Major Events Service

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A new initiative to bring more business aviation to the airport during major sporting events

Archie GardenCambridge Airport has launched Major Events
Services, an initiative to attract business aviation the to airport during
major sporting events.

The airport is offering
charter operators, government fleets and private owners the opportunity to
pre-purchase guaranteed parking slots with a one time fee that also includes
all landing and take off costs. Looking to next year, peak periods are expected
in July and August just before and after the opening and closing ceremonies of
the Olympics. The package, which  applies to an individual aircraft’s
tail-number incorporates a deposit paid upfront of £5k, and is designed to support
operators already planning their activity during this time.

“Cambridge
Airport is perfectly positioned for
the games as it takes just under an hour by convenient road networks to reach
the east London area where the main Olympic
stadium is based,” says Archie
Garden, airport director.
“We anticipate the airport’s location and innovative pricing strategy will be
of particular interest to the larger jets who will easily see the value of the
proposition. For example a Gulfstream or Global Express that flies in and out
once will easily recoup their spend, and for mid-size aircraft only two or
three movements are required within the specified time frame to make it cost
effective.”.

Cambridge Airport will have capacity for up to 90 average size
business jets and is offering the deal on a first come first served basis. With
aircraft parking anticipated to be a challenge the new initiative allows
operators to pre-book their space, without having to commit to specific slots.
The offer which is available until 1 November 2011 is tailored specifically for
the dates of 26 July until 13 August 2012.

The airport also has the
added benefit that it is located ten miles north of the restricted fly zone,
which reduces the restrictions the planned slot co-ordination process may cause
and avoids the busy London
airspace. “For our clients originating in the USA
this is a major advantage as they can avoid the crowded skies of London, land at Cambridge
and reach London
in just over an hour,” comments Garden on the airport’s position.

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