The Olympics and Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport will be 24/7 for the Olympics
has announced it will be one of five regional airports in the UK capable of accepting business
and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012
Olympics. Olympic slot allocations will
operate between the 21 July 2012 and 15 August 2012 during which time Cambridge Airport will be able to accommodate
over 200 movements per day.
As one of only five civilian airports with a 24/7 capability Cambridge Airport has the capacity to accept aircraft throughout the day and permit the
airport to take up to 30% of regional slot controlled airport traffic during
the early morning and late evenings.
Cambridge already boasts an
established 24/7 operating capability with no noise restrictions and this
status was recognised by Airport Co-ordination Limited (ACL),
which manages the slot allocation system. ACL
has created a booking system, which has now gone live, introduced to ensure UK airport
capacity meets the expected increase in demand.
Richard Knight, Airport Manager at Cambridge said, “The 24/7 capacity, combined
with our special events offering, gives our customers exceptional flexibility,
particularly as we have a generous allocation of early morning and late evening
slots. With hotels fully booked and events running into the evening, a
day trip to the Olympics becomes a viable option”.