oMiddle East charter provider Rizon has begun work on a new FBO and hangar facility at Doha Airport in Qatar. Rizon, which is headquartered at London Biggin Hill Airport, plans to build the new FBO in modular fashion so that it can be moved to the new Doha International Airport when it opens in 2011.
London Biggin Hill Airport
Rizon Jet, the Arabian Gulf-based aircraft charter and management group, is looking to bridge the European and Middle Eastern markets by establishing new bases at the Qatari capital Doha and London’s Biggin Hill Airport. The company, which originally aspired to a low-cost, light jet business model, is focusing on the higher end of the charter sector.
Caterers providing food for business aircraft flights from UK airports are being forced to meet security requirements previously applied only to airlines. Next year, the European Commission intends to introduce new regulations to apply the same standards throughout the 27 states of the European Union.
The recent slowdown in business aviation traffic growth across Europe has not deterred London’s Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 953) from pushing ahead with development plans. According to business development manager Robert Walters, traffic dropped by as much as 25 percent in the fourth quarter of last year but since then has been recovering somewhat.
Half-year financial results published yesterday by charter broker Air Partner confirm the widespread perception that the business aircraft charter sector has taken a big hit from the global financial crisis. The UK-based group’s total sales (also including passenger airliner and freight charters) for the six-month period ending on Jan.
Middle Eastern business aircraft operators flying to Britain can expect a special welcome at London Biggin Hill Airport (Stand No. 724). Bahrain-based executive charter operator Rizon Jet is building an executive terminal there, which is designed to meet the needs and preferences of Middle Eastern customers. The full-service FBO is due to open next August.
London Biggin Hill Airport is set to get a new FBO, with Bahrain-based executive charter operator Rizon Jet having begun construction of a facility that it hopes to open next August. According to Rizon Group CEO Will Curtis, the FBO will be tailored to the needs of Middle Eastern aircraft owners and passengers, and serve as a base for Rizon’s plans to enter the European charter market.
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Kent, UK, Feb. 5, 2008–No one was injured when the Citation Bravo encountered wind shear on approach to Biggin Hill Airport. Airspeed fell below 100 knots and the autopilot pitched the nose up to maintain the glideslope. The right wing dropped in a stall but the ATP-rated pilot recovered and continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on landing.
London is one of the world’s most crowded and congested cities, but business aircraft operators flying to the British capital are spoiled for choice when it comes to landing options. Representatives from several of these airports and FBOs have made the trip here to Orlando to state their case for being NBAA showgoers’ home away from home on the other side of the Atlantic.
A family of three were killed July 19 when the Hughes 500 helicopter they had chartered for a sightseeing flight over the Kentish countryside crashed shortly after takeoff from Biggin Hill Airport. It was not clear what caused the 10 a.m. crash near the village of Cudham in the Sevenoaks area.