A new executive aircraft handling operation was launched last month at the London-area Royal Air Force Northolt base (EGWU). Premier Service is being offered through the new Northolt Handling joint venture between Regional Airports Ltd., which owns Biggin Hill (EGKB) and Southend (EGMC) airports, and Serco, which operates a line-maintenance facility at the airfield.
The UK’s Coventry West Midland International Airport now has a new business aviation center. Called Midwest Executive Aviation, the new facility, which is on the south side of the airport, has replaced a temporary executive terminal that opened in December on the north side. That facility is now being demolished.
Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays launched a luxury vacation service using chartered business aircraft. The London-based company is offering short-break packages, including flights, top-class hotels and limousines, at prices starting at around $3,800 for a three-night stay in Paris. The jets chartered by Jeffersons include UK-based Citation CJ1s, IIs and Excels, as well as Learjet 45s.
Execair’s Birmingham FBO handled the lion’s share of corporate aircraft traffic flying in for the Ryder Cup golf tournament between September 27 and 29. The facility received around 80 flights over the weekend, with most of them being larger business jets. By comparison, Midwest Executive at the more distant Coventry Airport handled about a dozen aircraft, although in some cases these aircraft made multiple movements.
Fly BN will handle maintenance, overhauls and repairs for the Islander and Defender turboprop and piston models. It is committed to speeding up turnaround times, according to Fly BN officials. More than 1,200 Britten-Norman aircraft are in service throughout some 120 countries. Both the manufacturer and the new support division are headquartered at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
Eos, the all-business-class airline launched in 2005, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Saturday and flew its last flight yesterday. The Purchase, N.Y.-based airline operated an upscale, twice-daily service between New York JFK and London Stansted Airport, charging round-trip prices ranging from $3,500 to $9,000.
The UK government has approved an increase in weekend movements at London-area Farnborough Airport. On March 13, TAG Aviation won its appeal against an earlier local government decision not to allow an increase from 2,500 to 5,000 movements on weekends and public holidays.
London-area Oxford Airport recently started work on a new business aviation terminal, the first phase of a major investment by the airport’s new owners, Reuben Brothers, since purchasing it last summer from BBA Aviation. The new facility will triple the space of the existing GA terminal and is scheduled for completion in June.
Oxford Airport is being redeveloped and marketed as a business aviation gateway for central England and the London area. The move is an attempt to fill the capacity left by a halving in the amount of flight-training activity at the airfield.
David Newcomb, managing director of London Gatwick Airport FBO Interflight, spelled out to delegates at the recent UK GAMTA conference how facilities like his are increasingly finding themselves on the front line of the campaign to counter terrorism and illegal immigration.