Biggin Hill Airport: Possible changes to flight paths revealed as new consultation gets under way
London Biggin Hill Airport ..an aviation community on our doorstep
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BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT: STILL SAVING LIVES EVERY DAY
Through the years
London Biggin Hill Airport has been a vital part of our local community since 1917 when it was first opened as a wireless testing station.
Since then it has evolved through wartime action as a vital Fighter Station which is synonymous with the Battle of Britain and has seen the ongoing development of aviation and communications, to civil airfield, commercial airport and the success story of today.
The Airport today
Regional Airports Ltd. run by Andrew Walters, who owns Biggin Hill Airport has now upgraded facilities and the runway to make the airport ideal for businessmen using small jets like A319CJ, which are able to carry up to 50 passengers.
The airport has a long enough runway and now has handling facilities to service commercial airliners. It is thought by some that future growth would be focused largely on European flights for business commuters. However, has transport to the airport been considered? Will investment for a rail link and improved road links be a condition to the expansion of the Airport?
The CAA has classed Biggin Hills runway as a Cat 3, which means that aircraft with a wingspan not exceeding 36 metres can operate at Biggin Hill. This outlaws Jumbo jets but will allow smaller jets for example, Boeing 737 500 series, Airbus A319 and 320 aircraft to name a few.
Boeing 737 – 500 Series at Biggin Hill
The Airport community provides many services including:
- light aviation training
- private flying
- maintenance & completions
- pleasure trips
- ad hoc and corporate charter
- executive aviation
- scheduled services
- a huge annual air fair
The Airport in the local community
Overall there are 1000 people employed in over 55 businesses on the airfield, demonstrating the Airport’s vital role in local economic development. All airfield businesses are committed to employing and training local people. The airport itself employs 56 people.
The Airport’s operations are governed by it’s lease conditions with the London Borough of Bromley setting out restrictions on noise, operating hours, aircraft size etc and the Airport is firmly committed to working with local residents and community groups to discuss any concerns that may arise.
It is widely acknowledged that one of the airport’s main problems, particularly as it continues to grow is one of surface access, public transport links and so on. The Airport hopes to work with the relevant local and governmental bodies to improve access for users of the Airport and local residents alike.
The Changing Face of Aviation
London is the busiest aviation market in the world and as such, demand is outstripping the supply of capacity at London’s other Airports. As this happens, operators are beginning to note that Biggin Hill offers available capacity and as such the Airport will no doubt continue to grow at a steady rate with the development of scheduled services being an inevitable part of that growth.
If you wish you could leave your views on our independant discussion board. We would be very interested to hear your opinion on any subject relating to Biggin Hill airport.