London Oxford Airport continues to invest in infrastructure

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London Oxford Airport is stepping up its infrastructure projects to support its historical general aviation customers (light aircraft/pilot training) and its growing commercial business aviation business.

The latter has seen greater growth in 2021 in percentage terms than other UK peer airports – up almost 40% – with more than 5,100 flights a year. Flight training activity, meanwhile, grew nearly 50% from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

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The new 63,000 square foot (6,000 m2) Hangar No. 15, 140m long, opened in October 2021, is almost full.

Another similar new hangar – No. 16 is planned – and the airport is pleased to have finalized an agreement in May to build a new aircraft maintenance and repair facility at the north corner. is from his site. Built to specifications from a major OEM, who will lease it, the facility will cover 14 acres/5.5 hectares. It should be built within 24 months.

Investments have also been made for the relocation and extension of Oxford’s northern traffic lane. Involving an investment of nearly £6 million and eight months of work, it will significantly speed up and more efficiently manage aircraft ground movements, particularly on peak days when it is not uncommon to see 400 movements or more per day. More GA training aircraft will be able to run ups on the old crosswind runway, while any backtracking will be eliminated on the main runway when the south end (RWY 01) is used.

“Business aviation, an important pillar of our business, will benefit from the OXF ‘Four Minute Mile’ from landing to exiting the airport grounds (or vice-versa), much more frequently,” said the responsible for the commercial development of the airport. James Dillon-Godfray, noting that 30% of flights use the south end. “The relocation also allows for the redevelopment of the East Zone for the anticipated evolution of the airport in the years to come.”

The airport’s new £1.7million fire station construction scheme is due to come into operation in June, with new fire tenders arriving later this year, improving its fire protection coverage -full time category 6 fire.

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