Cambridge Airport rebrands as eastern England bizav hub

 - January 30, 2011, 9:45 AM

Cambridge Airport is the new name for the field in England that, two years ago, changed its name from Cambridge City Airport to Marshall Airport Cambridge. The most recent name change comes as its private owner, the Marshall Group, relaunches efforts to develop the airport as a business aviation hub for the east of England. The company is now seeking to differentiate the airport business from its other activities, which also include aerospace engineering and automobile sales.

Marshall has appointed Archie Garden as the airport’s new director. With a background in business development for the financial services industry, he is a non-executive director with Oriens Advisors, which has been helping Marshall devise a new strategy for the airport.

At the end of 2009, Cambridge opened an expanded and modernized business aviation center, including full FBO facilities and an adjoining hangar. The complex includes a factory-authorized Cessna Citation service center run by Marshall.

The airport has an ILS and a new GPS approach and can accept flights around the clock. It intends to establish by year-end a border inspection post to facilitate immigration and customs clearance for flights from outside the UK.

The new management is looking to attract more traffic associated with the horse-racing industry center at nearby Newmarket, which has attracted significant investment from Middle Eastern horse owners. It also believes that there is scope for scheduled regional airline services and increased aviation training activity. The airport is located 60 miles northeast of London’s financial district.