In its bid to be more competitive, London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH) will eliminate shoulder fees and streamline its landing, handling, and parking fees, the general and business aviation airport announced today. The new pricing structure takes effect April 1 and is intended to improve transparency and simplify the payment process, it said.
“As the only dedicated business aviation airport in London, it is vital that we continue to find new ways to support the uninterrupted flow of international business investment into the capital,” London Biggin Hill business development director Robert Walters said. “Our extended operating hours have demonstrably benefitted travelers from the U.S., Asia-Pacific, and Middle East; and the growth of our resident MROs to 11 service centers, the most of any business aviation airport in Europe, means we can support almost every make and model of business jet.”
BQH introduced shoulder charges when it extended operating hours in May 2017. They are in effect between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time on weekdays, and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time on weekends and bank holidays—periods of “high demand,” officials told AIN. Any aircraft movement during those periods incurs a $196.78 (£150) shoulders hour charge, which will be removed next month with the pricing change.