RAF Northolt has availability for commercial traffic
RAF Northolt has said that
it is business as usual in the run up to the start of the 2012 Games and
operators and owners of business jets are encouraged to book their slots
soonest for arrivals while there is still availability.
From the 21st
July until 15th August all slot coordination for arriving and
departing IFR traffic at London Airports is to be coordinated by Airport
Co-ordination Ltd, and RAF Northolt has reserved 50% of its allocated slots for
commercial use during this period.
“There is a misconception
that RAF Northolt is for Heads of State aircraft only. That is certainly
not the case in the lead up to the Olympics and we welcome business jets all
year round,” said Wing Commander Mike Smith.
With the exception of the
period from 20:00 hours on 25th July through to 08:00 on 14 August,
when four RAF Typhoon fighter jets will be based at Northolt in a security role
for the Games, and only Heads of State flights are allowed to land, the airport
remains fully open and staffed for all other executive flights. Up until
that time commercial traffic will be unaffected. Furthermore, requests
for slots beyond 14 August can also be booked throughout that two week period.
Northolt Jet Centre, run as
an extension of the London City Airport Jet Centre, which runs the premier
passenger services, stresses that their 19-strong staff are well prepared for
the anticipation of additional traffic ahead of 25th July.
“RAF Northolt’s fuel
supplier Air BP, and our inflight caterer, chauffeur car companies and foreign
newspaper providers are all prepped and ready,” says Northolt Jet Centre
manager Donie Braddick.
RAF Northolt is a very popular
business aviation airport for its location – inside the M25 motorway, close to
London Heathrow and with excellent transport links to motorways. Situated next
to the A40, the airport is just 30 minutes’ driving time from central London and convenient for Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea.