The Royal Air Force’s Northolt base in west London will accept civilian helicopter flights starting January 1. Initially this will be for a six-month trial period and hangar accommodation will also be offered, subject to availability, for up to five days. Northolt is about a 40-minute drive from the center of London. The UK capital’s only other public heliport is located at Battersea on the south bank of the River Thames.
London Borough of Ealing
It’s quite literally fit for a queen and no more than a 40-minute drive to the heart of London, and these days the Royal Air Force’s Northolt base has capacity to spare for business aircraft. Although civil aircraft movements are limited to a ceiling of 7,000 per year, much more often than not it is perfectly possible to get a slot at the secure and conveniently situated airfield in the UK capital’s northwestern suburbs.
UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Police are making inquiries into the terms under which slots at London’s Northolt Airport are allocated to civil aircraft operators. A police spokesman said it has not yet been determined whether a formal investigation will be initiated and indicated that this decision might take several weeks.