in Aerospace

Oxford Airport sees trend in larger bizjets

Posted 21 April 2017 · Add Comment

London Oxford Airport has reported that it is regularly seeing larger business jets (over 40 tonnes), such as the Bombardier Global and Gulfstream G650, using its facilities, whilst its Oxfordjet FBO has seen an increase of 37% in such sized jets for the year-to-date (April) and a 46% increase over the last two years.

Above: Piper M600 will showcase at London Oxford Airport after EBACE 2017.

Overall, London Oxford’s jet movements were up 6.4% for 2016, with the airport handling a total of 5,629 business aviation movements (this figure accounts for turboprops and jets alone and excludes piston-engined twin aircraft used as air taxis). Recreational general aviation movements decreased by 4%, but helicopter movements were up 25% for the year to over 6,000. Airbus Helicopters, whose UK home is at the airport, accounted for nearly a thousand more movements on top of this figure.

London Oxford Airport is currently home to some 65-based aircraft. It has seen the amount of AOC activity grow 19.8% year-on-year and is now well placed, with its attractive cost base and infrastructure, to support the expected crop of new entrants looking to take advantage of the new EASA rule endorsing CAT SETops (Single Engine Turboprops in commercial operations IFR). The airport is already looking after a new Pilatus PC-12NG for a private owner and soon hopes to see UK operators place the likes of Caravans and PC-12s  onto AOCs, both on charter and, in some cases, scheduled service provision.

London Oxford Airport finished 2016 as the sixth busiest London airport for business and general aviation – ahead of London City Airport – and entered 2017 as the 16th busiest in Europe – in front of London Stansted and Northolt – according to the latest data from WINGX and Eurocontrol.

The airport is responding to demand for more hangar space by building a new 15,250 sq. ft. single, stand-alone bay with 1,850 sq. ft. of adjacent offices external to the hangar (landside), plus 30 car parking spaces.

Located at the end of Hangar No. 14, the newest development is scheduled to be available by year-end.  “The new building, both prominent and visible from the A44 (which sees 11 million vehicles passing by each year), is compatible with Bombardier Global 7000-sized aircraft, but could typically handle four Challenger-sized aircraft,” suggested London Oxford Airport’s Head of Business Development, James Dillon-Godfray.

Last autumn, Piper Aircraft established an office at London Oxford Airport for its UK representative.  The OEM’s all new six-seater M600 Single Engined Turboprop, with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines and Garmin avionics, is due to arrive at the airport for demos in late May as part of its 90-day European tour after showing at EBACE.

Alongside Piper, the airport has also, since the beginning of the year, welcomed new tenants hullo Aircrew, the new pilot app company; Travion, a flight management company, HeliGroup, which will offer PPL training and Cabri G2 sales; and Cirrus Flight Training. In total, London Oxford Airport and its 25 plus tenants account for well over 1,500 direct and indirect jobs in the UK, with the arrival of the aforementioned new tenants due to add even more.

London Oxford Airport is one of the primary London region options for the business aviation community, coupled with the jointly owned and operated London Heliport at Battersea.


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Bright young sparks rise to Royal Navy Engineering Challenge

Youngsters from across the UK gathered at HMS Sultan, Gosport recently in order to compete in The Royal Navy Engineering Challenge - Exercise Clean Sweep to mark the Year of Engineering 2018.

BAE Systems, Cammell Laird and BMT to deliver extra Type 45 power

The UK Ministry of Defence has appointed an alliance team led by BAE Systems to deliver its Type 45 Power Improvement Project (PIP).

Doncaster Sheffield Airport reveals new Vision and Masterplan

The award-winning Doncaster Sheffield Airport have launched their ambitious Vision and Masterplan outlining the expected growth over the next 20 years.

Gresham introduces 500W DC:DC converter for vehicle comms and security

Gresham Power Electronics has introduced a 500W DC:DC converter for military and non-tactical vehicle mounted communications and security systems.

Rolls-Royce breaks ground on new testbed facility

Rolls-Royce today welcomed Business Secretary, Greg Clark to Derby to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility.

Aviation Skills Partnership Awards open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Aviation Skills Awards which recognise and reward those who are doing exceptional work in aviation and training.

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
SMI HelicopterTBT1402240518FIL18 BT111017220718SMI FAVWSBT1402060618Aviation Africa BT18418SMI FAVSABT2411120418