TAG Cleared To Increase Farnborough Airport Movements

 - February 15, 2011, 9:15 AM

The annual limit on movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport will rise incrementally from 28,000 to 50,000 between now and 2019. This follows TAG Aviation’s successful appeal to the UK government against an earlier local government decision to block the increase. The airport, which TAG runs under a 99-year lease from the government, has also been cleared to increase annual weekend movements from 5,000 to 8,900 over the same time frame. This year, TAG will lift the overall movements limit to 31,000 and the weekend limit to 5,500. Next year, these limits will climb again to 37,000 and 6,500 movements, respectively, and will then keep rising gradually through 2019. Last year, Farnborough Airport received 23,511 movements, representing a 3.2-percent increase over 2009, despite the overall dip in European business aviation activity over this period. The airport, which is 35 miles southwest of central London, is used exclusively for business aviation traffic.