London-Area Airport Gets New Bizjet Terminal

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Air Partner has announced plans to build an upscale $14 million terminal and FBO at Biggin Hill Airport 14 miles from downtown London. Three other London-area airports, Farnborough, Luton and London City, are at capacity for business jet traffic. “With other private-jet airports straining at the seams and turning away existing business, we have decided to consolidate our plans at Biggin Hill,” David Savile, Air Partner’s chief executive told the Sunday Times The facilities are expected to open next year.

Biggin Hill is famous for its role as an RAF base in the Battle of Britain but Savile said it’s been “something of a forgotten airport when it comes to corporate flying.” He said the new development will change all that and noted that Biggin Hill has plenty of room for growth. Farnborough is permitted only 28,000 flights a year and weekend traffic is severely restricted (the owners TAG Aviation are trying to change that) while Biggin Hill is licensed for 125,000 flights annually with no weekend restrictions.