London Oxford Airport and Barclays London heliport traffic increase
posted | Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012
London Oxford Airport has reported an increase in the number of heavy jets transiting through the airport in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games in London.
Compared with the same period of last year it received 180 per cent more Gulfstreams, Global Express and Falcon 7X aircraft. In addition the airport welcomed its first and biggest aircraft to arrive at the airport to date, the 77-tonne Boeing Business Jet.
These heavy jets accounted for over 50 slots – headed primarily for the US or Middle East. The increase in heavy jet traffic, endorses the investment by the airport’s owners in 2007, to improve its runway bearing strength, enabling it to regularly accept aircraft such as the 55-tonne Embraer Lineage (EMB-190) and larger Airbus types.
Meanwhile sister airport, The Barclays London Heliport, has also outlined a 63 per cent increase in activity in the week before the Olympic Games.
The heliport received new visitors, including Olympic Games sponsors and corporate people taking advantage of the fact that the heliport is the only central London landing site permitted for private and chartered helicopter use during the Olympic Games.
Business development director, London Oxford Airport, James Dillon-Godfray said: 'We all were waiting to see what the 'Olympics effect' was going to be this summer, and despite the fact that many UK-based owners of aircraft booked their annual vacations or temporarily migrated overseas over the period, some putting their business jets in for maintenance, this has been compensated for by new, first time users who have come away with a positive impression about Oxford Airport and London Heliport.
“Furthermore, we are still seeing that the majority of operators at both airports are booking merely a day or two ahead of schedule, so no real change in their habits.”