If there were two business aviation airports that spring to mind in the UK it would be Biggin Hill (official name London Biggin Hill, Booth 1285) and TAG Farnborough (Booth 4085). The airfields are very different. Farnborough is neat and shiny but dedicated to business aviation and with no flying schools. Biggin Hill, on the other hand, is much closer to London and is a more pleasing setting, surprisingly enough set up on a hill.
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There have been no airspace or parking problems at London Biggin Hill Airport since the Olympic Games started last week, according to airport business development manager Robert Walters. “There’s lots of space…it’s not bedlam, and slots are flexible and well managed,” he said on Friday during a press conference.
Qatar-based aviation services provider Rizon Jet has expanded from its flagship Doha facility with the opening of its second FBO, located at London Biggin Hill airport. The new 130,000-sq-ft facility offers fueling, ground handling and customs clearance and features a state-of-the-art-hangar that can accommodate bizliners such as the ACJ and BBJ.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Stand 759) will open its new 4,800-sq-ft hangar next month. Situated next to the main terminal building, it will also offer 54,000 sq ft of additional ramp space for aircraft parking, with plenty of space to accommodate widebody jets. Several fully serviced offices are available for rent in the hangar and also will be available on a short-term basis for operators.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 953) has started a new development program. The airport will add a new 54,000-sq-ft parking/ramp area for business aircraft adjacent to the passenger terminal by mid-June; a new double-span hangar for business aircraft by early 2011; and a new hotel in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 3593) has finally received local government approval to build a 75-room hotel after 15 years of lobbying. According to the privately owned airport, the four-star hotel is vital to its growth strategy and that of its tenants–providing convenient accommodation for visiting flight crew, technical staff and other visitors.
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.
The Air Partner initiative at Biggin Hill comes as the airport reports business jet movements increased by 25 percent last year and it foresees 30-percent further growth this year. Additional infrastructure development at the southeast London site may draw on the proceeds of parent company Regional Airports’ planned disposal of its interest in Southend Airport on the north bank of the Thames river estuary east of London.
Cessna 500 Citation I, Farnborough, Kent, England, March 30, 2008–The crew of the Bahamian-registered Citation I reported engine vibration soon after takeoff from Biggin Hill and called “Mayday” before being cleared to return to land. The jet hit a residence about three miles from the airport. All five people on board were killed, including the pilot, copilot and touring car driver David Leslie and team owner Richard Lloyd.
Work is set to begin on development of a major business aviation enclave at London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 7329), with executive charter broker Air Partner International recently signing an 80-year lease to establish its own operating base on a 115,000-sq-ft plot.
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