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London Oxford Airport now one of UK’s top five business aviation airports

According to the latest
Eurocontrol statistics, London Oxford Airport
now ranks among the top five UK
business aviation airports.  In March 2012, it ranked just behind London City
Airport, in fifth
place.  This is based on its handling of close to 6,000 annual business
aviation movements, year to date. Comparing March 2011 with March 2012, London Oxford
Airport saw a 9% growth,
while year to date growth is 12.2%. Currently, it is handling 42% more business
aviation traffic than London Stansted.

Since 2007 when the airport
was bought by the Reuben Brothers, the airport has grown with its daily
business aircraft departures increasing 116.67%. (See table below). 
The only other mainland-UK airport to show an increase in movements during this
period is Bournemouth
Airport, which achieved a
37.21% increase. 

London Oxford Airport managing director, Chris Orphanou said:  “We can today reflect on
a solid performance these past five years.  The number of tenant companies
here has grown significantly too, with some 20 companies employing over 800
people at the airport today.  We look after 30 resident business aircraft
here, including a number of larger Global Express’ for both charter and private
use.   We are home to seven AOC charter operators – five of whom have
set up within the past five years. The latest, Indian-backed Fly Vectra, moved
in just a few months ago.”

There is also a number of
maintenance support companies based now at the airport, including PremiAir
(Hawker and Beechcraft); Air Med (Cessna Service Centre, plus Piper and Learjet
approvals; EBAS (Bombardier Challenger/Global series); Hangar8 plc –
Hawker/Citation/Falcon/Challenger; Eurocopter (UK HQ); Embraer Executive Jet
Services – Phenom family, Legacy line support; OAA (Piper, Socata, Cessna).

Other improvements have and
are being made at the airport, a new Thales radar will go live in May 2012.
This is an investment costing £4.5 millions, this includes a completely new
communications system.

“Clientele are increasingly
finding that London Oxford Airport has many benefits over other London
airports, and arriving visitors from Europe and the Middle East are discovering
we are a viable, efficient and cost effective option,” added business
development director James Dillon-Godfray.  “Being located to the north west of London, with
access to the capital via the fastest UK
motorway, the M40, with the least congestion of any London arterial route, gives us a notable
advantage.”

The airport has improved
infrastructure with an increase in runway length and strength, allowing for
heavier business aircraft to use the airport. The airport can now be used by
larger jet types, including the Embraer Lineage and Avro RJ.  The enhanced
runway length enables longer range private jets such as the Globals, Falcon 7X
and G550 aircraft to make transatlantic flights.

In addition, the airport
also boasts a new high strength apron and has resurfaced apron, representing a
£2.2m project.  This has doubled the parking capacity at the airport.
“This has been accomplished in time to meet the demands from this summer’s
Olympics traffic, where we will be able to park up to 40 business jets,” said
James Dillon-Godfray.

Other infrastructure
projects are being completed, a new office building, the first for 20 years at
the airport is nearing completion. The building is next to the entrance to the
airport. When this new building has filled with tenants, the plan is to construct
another similar building nearby. A new entrance and reception building is also
being planned, along with plans to increase the 150 bedroom complex to a 350
bedroom facility.

Preparations for this
summer’s London Olympics are already underway at London Oxford
Airport.  “We have
taken bookings for a handful of slots to date and received many enquiries,”
says James Dillon-Godfray.  For now, it’s first come, first served at Oxford, but that policy
may change as we see demand increasing. The airport expects to see a three-fold
increase in business aviation traffic during the peak period of the Games (ie
30 business jets a day) and management will resource and equip as
required. 

“The advantage we have is
that being situated outside the London 2012 ‘Restricted Zone’, there will be no
flight plan constraints here.  The airport is also outside the London
Terminal Manoeuvring Area (LTMA) which will be even busier than usual during
the Olympics,” he said.   Oxford’s
opening hours, 06:00-22:30, seven days a week, are also longer than several
other alternative London
airports and the airport has the option of extending the opening hours to
midnight during the peak Olympic period, if required.  The airport also
offers full-time, on-site Police/Special Branch support for assistance with
VVIP, Head-of-State, close protection and all other security necessities.

Another recent development
was that the Reuben Brothers purchased The London Heliport (TLH) in February.
The heliport will not be slot constrained during the Games.  It will
benefit from an exemption to the no-fly zone during the Olympics, meaning a
large number of dignitaries and other VIPs will be able to use the London
Heliport as an easy access route.  However, any helicopter departure for
TLH that connects from an arriving business jet will need to get a slot booked
in advance at their business aviation airport.  The only CAA licensed
heliport in London,
the London Heliport boasts an established client base and a newly developed
terminal and VIP lounge offering excellent facilities.

The London Oxford and London
Heliport team will be exhibiting at EBACE in Geneva in May highlighting both the airport
and heliport during the show.

  

Average Daily Business Aviation
Departures (Eurocontrol data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2007 (Acquisition
Date)

February 2012

% Change

LONDON/LUTON

42.7

34.2

-19.91%

FARNBOROUGH /CIV

32.5

27.5

-15.38%

BIGGIN HILL

17.2

14.5

-15.70%

LONDON/CITY

19

8.9

-53.16%

NORTHOLT

11.3

10.9

-3.54%

LONDON/STANSTED

7.7

5.5

-28.57%

EDINBURGH

6.4

5.2

-18.75%

GLASGOW

5.9

3.8

-35.59%

MANCHESTER

7.1

5

-29.58%

OXFORD/KIDLINGTON

3.6

7.8

116.67%

BIRMINGHAM

4.3

2.9

-32.56%

LEEDS BRADFORD

3.7

2.8

-24.32%

BOURNEMOUTH/HURN

4.3

5.9

37.21%

SOUTHAMPTON

4.3

2.7

-37.21%

CAMBRIDGE

3.1

2.6

-16.13%

COVENTRY

2.9

0.9

-68.97%

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

2.2

2

-9.09%

SOUTHEND

2.6

1.1

-57.69%

LONDON/GATWICK

3

2.4

-20.00%

 

 

 

 

 

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