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.
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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.
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.
BizJet has signed a maintenance agreement with TAG Aviation USA to provide airframe and engine maintenance services for TAG Aviation’s fleet of managed business jets. “TAG’s continued growth in fleet size and flight activity dictated that we secure access to maintenance facilities that meet our requirements for safety, quality and on-time performance.
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.
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.
TAG Aviation’s application to increase weekend movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport was rejected by the local Rushmoor Borough Council. The company, which operates Farnborough under a lease agreement, wants to boost the number of movements permitted each year on weekends and holidays from 2,500 to 5,000 and has offered to phase in the increase over three years.
Do not fly any more illegal charters.
That is what the FAA, since March 2 last year, has attempted to tell Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finally, on June 12, the Department of Transportation issued a consent order in which Platinum Jet agreed to stop flying illegal charters, without admitting that it had broken any laws.
TAG Aviation has yet to confirm whether it will appeal the Rushmoor Borough Council’s rejection of its application to increase weekend movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport. The company is entitled to appeal this ruling through the UK central government’s Department of the Environment and has previously indicated that it would be willing to use this option.
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