As a further demonstration of its commitment to enhance its service offering to business aviation clients, Cambridge Airport is seeking a branded Fixed Base Operator (FBO) to operate from its state-of-the-art facility. The tender process opened on 3 June with twelve tender letters issued, which have already generated expressions of interest from six companies. The closing date for tenders is 24 June with Cambridge management expected to make a selection by October ahead of the NBAA conference in Las Vegas.
“By bringing a fully branded FBO to Cambridge we are aiming to improve efficiency and demonstrate our commitment to providing our business aviation clients with the levels of excellence they expect”, said Archie Garden, Airport Director.
The stylish new FBO offers extensive business facilities, board room options, VIP hospitality and excellent crew rest facilities. Cambridge Airport is unique among London serving airports in having a 24/7 capability with no slot restrictions, and in its location just 10 miles north of London airspace, enables North American originating flights to avoid crowded skies around London Heathrow.
“With our location, facilities and ongoing strategy to attract more transatlantic traffic there is a distinct advantage in partnering with an FBO that has a strong North American connection”, added Garden.
The new FBO will take over from Marshall Business Aviation, which will become the brand for business aviation maintenance provision at Cambridge Airport. These latest initiatives form part of a developing commercial strategy for Cambridge Airport which under a new brand is attracting a growing number of business aviation operators.
About Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. The Marshall Group activities include Cambridge Airport, Marshall Executive Aviation, and Marshall Aerospace, focused on engineering and technology.
The 1965m/6447ft runway 1965m/6447ft runway can take aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 & is suitable for intercontinental business jets as well as small cabin aircraft. It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 13nm. It has invested in a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system.
A strong provider to the equine community Cambridge Airport is 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.
Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300. Other aviation companies include Capital Air Services and several GA flight training operators. It is also home of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service operated by Bond Helicopters. A fully authorised Cessna Service centre is located at the airport.