UK Plans Dedicated Airspace for Bizav at 2012 Olympics

 - September 20, 2011, 11:27 AM

The UK’s National Air Traffic Services proposed a new airspace structure specifically to accommodate business aviation during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The proposal is being considered by the Civil Aviation Authority and other agencies overseeing aviation arrangements for the Olympics and further details are expected to be confirmed in November. Under the plan, airspace around the UK capital would be segregated between a restricted area and a prohibited area over central London. At a special seminar on arrangements for the London Olympics held as part of the Business and General Aviation Day (BGAD) event today at Cambridge Airport, operators also heard that they must soon start applying for slots that will be required for arrivals and departures at airports across southern and eastern England during the Olympics (July 21 to August 15 next year). The UK government also has granted approval for some general aviation airports, including Cambridge, Northolt, Lydd and Southend, to open around the clock. London-area airport and FBO managers said they will require non-refundable deposits to take slot bookings to prevent operators making block bookings to guarantee arrival and departure times. There have been few details about how landing and handling fees will be bundled, but Air Partner private jets director David Macdonald expressed concerns about price gouging during the Olympics.