Cambridge welcomes new manager of FBO and prepares for 2012 Olympics


ExecuJet Europe wins FBO tender and Cambridge sells itself as an airport with a direct flight path to US without the need to cross London airspace. The airport makes a case for operators to use it for the 2012 London Olympics

ExecuJet Europe and Cambridge
Airport, jointly announced
at the NBAA, that ExecuJet Europe has been awarded the tender to manage the airport’s
FBO business. Effective from January 2012, ExecuJet Europe will take over the
management of the former Marshall Business Aviation Fixed Based Operation
(FBO). Cambridge Airport
will be ExecuJet’s ninth European FBO and its first full service FBO in the UK. 
ExecuJet obtained a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) more than four years
ago and currently manages over 10 aircraft based in the UK, with a  total
of 50 throughout Europe.

Business aviation at Cambridge
Airport has grown
significantly over the last year with movements year on year up by 15% and fuel
sales up by 37%, as international operators and brokers increasingly recognise
the convenience and importance of the airport.  ExecuJet’s arrival will
bring both a strong brand and extensive worldwide network to the airport, and
airport management will be able to call on its immense experience next summer
as Cambridge Airport operates 24/7 during the 2012

“We are delighted to introduce such a highly regarded and award-winning
FBO organisation at Cambridge. 
ExecuJet was selected for many reasons. Essentially, their strong values mirror
those of the Marshall Group and the innovation, and significant level of
executive engagement they demonstrated as part of our ambitious tendering
timescale earned them the selection,” said Archie
Garden, director of Cambridge Airport.
“Combined with the fine management team we have developed over the past six
months, we are truly excited for the future prospects of business aviation here
and believe we have a winning team.”

“We see this step as an integral part of expanding our UK presence,”
says Cedric Migeon, managing director ExecuJet Europe. “Cambridge provides an excellent access point
to the extensive local industrial, technological and business communities. It
is also an excellent alternative destination for London-based traffic,
especially for travellers to and from the US
as the airport location lies directly on the flight path that avoids London’s busy airspace,”
he adds. “The facility also offers generous hangar space which is extremely
scarce throughout the London

Its new build FBO was opened just 24 months ago and includes executive
passenger lounges, boardroom facilities and dedicated crew facilities. Private
airside vehicle access for executive cars facilitates easy access to business
jets and helicopter charters. “The Marshall Business Aviation team will be
migrated to the ExecuJet team,” stresses Archie Garden.
“They will work with an experienced, well trained, international FBO team, who
can share their knowledge and support FBO business expansion.”

Cambridge Airport is prepared for the 2012 London Olympics and is one of
just five regional airports in the UK capable of accepting business and
passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period.
ExecuJet will be able to support Cambridge
Airport’s ambitious
Olympic traffic plans, by bringing its experience of the South African World
Cup.  Furthermore, with its extended FBO network it will be able to help
resource the additional temporary roles which the airport will need to maintain
levels of service during the extended traffic and opening hours of the 2012
London Summer Olympics.

The airport, which has 24 hour security patrols, has no runway
restrictions as it holds a Public Use license, and can accept the operation of
public transport aircraft up to Boeing 757 and Airbus A320 size.  
Access to London’s King Cross by train takes
just 45 minutes from Cambridge.