Cambridge Airport announced today at BGAD11 it will be one of just five regional airports in the UK capable of accepting business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period. Olympic slot allocations will operate between the 21 July 2012 and 15 August 2012 during which time Cambridge Airport will be able to accommodate over 200 movements per day.
As one of only five civilian airports with a 24/7 capability Cambridge Airport has the capacity to accept aircraft throughout the day and permit the airport to take up to 30% of regional slot controlled airport traffic during the early morning and late evenings.
Cambridge already boasts an established 24/7 operating capability with no noise restrictions and this status was recognised by Airport Co-ordination Limited (ACL), which manages the slot allocation system. ACL has created a booking system, which has now gone live, introduced to ensure UK airport capacity meets the expected increase in demand.
At this year’s EBACE Cambridge announced an initiative to attract business aviation operators to the airport during the summer of 2012 which offers charter operators, government fleets and private owners the opportunity to pre-purchase guaranteed parking slots with a one time fee that also includes all landing and take off costs.
Richard Knight, Airport Manager at Cambridge said, “The 24/7 capacity, combined with our special events offering, gives our customers exceptional flexibility, particularly as we have a generous allocation of early morning and late evening slots. With hotels fully booked and events running into the evening, a day trip to the Olympics becomes a viable option”.
Cambridge operates up to Fire Category 7 and has full ATC cover, with ILS and soon to be published GPS approaches, and can handle intercontinental business jets and passenger aircraft up to Boeing 757 and Airbus 320 size. Cambridge expects the majority of its flights to be derived from private charter and business aviation who will maximise the services provided at the new stylish new FBO facility.
Cambridge Airport is located north east of London and under an hour by road from key Olympic venues, such as the Olympic Stadium and Water Park, in East London. With the capacity to provide helicopter transfers as well as on site chauffeur services and a 45 minute direct rail link into London’s Kings Cross Station the airport expects a busy Olympic period.