London’s Biggin Hill Airport (Stand 230) is an important location for business aviation operators going to and coming from the Middle East, who will be glad to know that the airfield has recently upgraded its air traffic control voice communication control system (VCCS) to enhance ATC performance and integration, especially during emergency situations.
Harrods Aviation (Booth No. 4263) is here at the NBAA convention promoting its helicopter transfer service from London-area airports such as Biggin Hill, Farnborough, Luton and Stansted to the London Heliport at Battersea in the west of the city. The company believes the operation, which provides easy access to London’s West End, is virtually unknown among U.S. corporate travelers. When flying into Stansted or Luton airports, visitors can take advantage of the amenities at the Harrods FBOs.
Universal Aviation opened its refurbished FBO at London Stansted Airport today. The 10,712-sq-ft facility now features crew and passenger lounges, as well as a business center with video-conferencing capability, two meeting rooms, flight-planning center, showers and changing rooms.
Despite predictions of significantly increased private jet movements during the London 2012 Olympics, overall industry traffic levels were around 25 percent below expectations, according to online charter broker PrivateFly. The UK Department for Transport had estimated 3,000 additional private jet movements during the Games.
London-area airports are not realizing the expected large-scale traffic increase attributable to this year’s Olympic games, according to data from both Eurocontrol and Avinode. Benchmark data from the opening weekend of the games (July 27 to 29) showed that there hasn’t been a large increase in overall demand in the area, Avinode said. Inbound flights for London-area airports did experience an increase in movements the Thursday before the opening ceremony, but then decreased to average levels on Friday and Saturday, followed by a further drop on Sunday.
Landmark Aviation has established a temporary FBO at the London-area Southend Airport. In a partnership with the privately owned airport, the U.S. handling group will support business aircraft operations through the period of the London Olympic Games. The deal runs through October 1 and both parties hope that it could lead to a more permanent presence for Landmark at the airport, which is almost 40 miles from the center of the UK capital. Southend Airport has its own rail station with eight direct services each hour to Stratford, close to the main Olympic Stadium.
Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 1131) and ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich (Stand 136) announced at EBACE an expansion of their relationship to include ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services in Mainland China. The agreement enables ExecuJet to represent Greenwich AeroGroup parts distribution, repair and overhaul services at all of its locations, and positions both companies to enhance the services offered to China-based and transient aircraft owners and operators.
After completing development of executive terminals at Doha International Airport in Qatar and at London’s Biggin Hill Airport, Rizon Jet is laying plans for a further FBO development at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
The UK’s National Air Traffic Services is proposing to establish a new airspace structure specifically to accommodate business aviation during the period around the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Civil Aviation Authority and other agencies overseeing aviation arrangements for the Olympics are considering the proposal, and confirmation of further details is expected in November.
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.