Posted on July 14th, 2012
It is business as usual for RAF Northolt in the run up to the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games and operators and owners of business jets are encouraged to book their slots soon for arrivals while there is still availability.
From the 21st July until 15th August all slot coordination for arriving and departing IFR traffic at London Airports is to be coordinated by Airport Co-ordination Ltd, and RAF Northolt has reserved 50% of its allocated slots for commercial use during this period.
“There is a misconception that RAF Northolt is for Heads of State aircraft only. That is certainly not the case in the lead up to the Olympics and we welcome business jets all year round,” said Wing Commander Mike Smith.
With the exception of the period from 20:00 hours on 25th July through to 08:00 hrs on 14 August, when four RAF Typhoon fighter jets will be based at Northolt in a security role for the Games, and only Heads of State flights are allowed to land, the airport remains fully open and staffed for all other executive flights.
Up until that time commercial traffic will be unaffected. Furthermore, requests for slots beyond 14 August can also be booked throughout that two week period.
Northolt Jet Centre, run as an extension of the London City Airport Jet Centre, which runs the premier passenger services, stresses that their 19-strong staff are well prepared for the anticipation of additional traffic ahead of 25th July. It expects to see a hike in slots being booked for arrivals up to two weeks ahead of the Games, in line with usual business aviation activity. “RAF Northolt’s fuel supplier Air BP, and our inflight caterer, chauffeur car companies and foreign newspaper providers are all prepped and ready,” says Northolt Jet Centre Manager Donie Braddick.
RAF Northolt is highly popular as a business aviation airport for its location – inside the M25 motorway, seven miles North of London Heathrow and with excellent transport links to the M25, M40 and M4 motorways. “JetOptions regularly utlizes this airport due to its location said Gus Lira VP Sales.” Situated next to the A40, the airport is just 30 minutes’ driving time from central London and convenient for Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea. Wembley Stadium is only eight miles away, making the airport a popular choice for VIPs and celebrities attending sporting events and concerts.
Being an RAF base it offers a discrete, secure and efficient service – away from the public gaze. The airport caters for a mix of commercial traffic, but visiting aircraft are primarily mid-size to large sized cabin jets (40%) and medium to smaller sized Hawker 800 business jets (60%) and has the capability to park up to 30 mid size aircraft on the apron – all on the south side.
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