Universal Tapped for UK's Northolt GAT Management

 - November 16, 2020, 6:02 AM
Universal Aviation will take over the operation of the VIP general aviation terminal at the UK's Northolt Airport starting in January. The company will make some minor upgrades to amenities and ground vehicles before then, as it considers additional improvements to the facility. (Photo: Universal Aviation)

Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Houston-based Universal Weather & Aviation, has been selected to manage the general aviation terminal at London’s Northolt Airport.

Starting on January 1, Universal—which already has a presence in the UK capital through its FBO at London Stansted—will have designated areas set aside in the facility at the Royal Air Force-operated airport for the handling of business aviation. This will include a reception area, a small operations section, a passenger lounge, and security screening, as well as food storage areas. A separately-run cafe will also be available for crewmembers.

Fueling is provided by World Fuel Services, which has several tankers on-site and accepts fuel releases, while Universal will be responsible for all over-the-wing aircraft handling.

“Because it’s a military airport, it has historically been a little tricky to get in and out of for some operators,” said Universal Aviation UK and Ireland managing director Sean Raftery, who added that Northolt’s close proximity to Central London makes it an attractive option for business aircraft operators. “By partnering with Royal Air Force and extending our ground support operations to Northolt, we are going to be focusing on making this an easier, more accessible option that business aircraft operators will want to use as an alternative to other more congested airports close to the city.”