TAG Aviation, the Swiss-based operator of Farnborough Airport, has applied to local authorities to double the number of weekend movements permitted at the London-area airport from 2,500 to 5,000 per year. The airport is subject to an overall annual limit of 28,000 movements per year.
The TAG Aviation board of directors has approved the construction of a new operations and executive terminal building at Farnborough. The complex will include a terminal with full passenger and crew amenities, as well as extensive office accommodation for based operators. Work will begin this month, and the facility is scheduled to open for business in early 2006.
The new FlightSafety International Learning Center at Farnborough Airport, UK, received its first group of pilots on July 18. They were trained using the facility’s three Cessna Citation Bravo simulators.
The UK’s Gama Aviation has established a new maintenance operation at its Farnborough Airport headquarters to comply with pending European JAR Subpart M requirements for supporting its charter/management fleet. It can also now offer line support to other operators at the London-area airport.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) staged a successful regional forum at the UK’s Farnborough Airport on September 13. The event, hosted jointly by TAG Aviation and FlightSafety International, drew more than 200 visitors and about 20 exhibitors.
Final bids to buy the UK’s London City Airport (LCY) were lodged on September 12 and a deal was expected to be agreed upon around press time. According to LCY managing director Richard Gooding, the sale will release new funds for further investment at the privately owned, downtown gateway.
Many local residents who successfully opposed TAG Aviation’s application to increase the number of weekend and holiday movements at the UK’s Farnborough Airport are hypocrites, according to their local member of parliament, Gerald Howarth.
In a bid to overcome local opposition to its application to increase weekend and holiday operations at London Farnborough Airport to 5,000 movements annually by 2008, TAG Aviation has offered to phase in the increase over the next three years to 3,800 by year-end and to 4,500 next year. The company, which operates Farnborough, has also offered to limit the movements by bizliners to an annual total of 270 on weekends and on public holidays.
The Farnborough International 2006 airshow (to be held July 17 to 23) is set to be a record-breaker, with more exhibitors and aircraft than ever before. The show is
now effectively sold out, and the amount of exhibit space booked is up more than 15 percent over the last Farnborough Show in 2004.
At a time when business aviation in Europe is finding it ever harder to expand its infrastructure because of land scarcity and local opposition, TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe. Britain’s Prince Andrew officially opened the new building at the London-area Farnborough Airport last month in a ceremony attended by many top industry executives en route to the EBACE show in Geneva.