London Oxford Airport last night scooped the accolade of Best Business Aviation Airport 2009 from the Airport Operators Association (AOA). The AOA praised the airport management’s vision and commitment for successfully building an attractive business aviation facility within just 18 months and its owners for their ongoing commitment to investment in the facility. The award was presented to Oxford Airport’s Managing Director Steve Jones during the Association’s Annual Conference Dinner at London’s Hilton Metropole Hotel by Simon Calder, Travel Editor of The Independent.
“We are absolutely delighted and proud to receive this fine endorsement from the AOA Board. It is especially appreciated as the votes are cast by those who know the industry inside out – and who know our competitors very well. This has been a hugely challenging year for everyone in the industry and our whole team has worked so hard throughout. I accept this on behalf of all of them and congratulate them in making Oxford Airport an award-winning airport.”
London Oxford Airport opened its oxfordjet business aviation terminal in July 2008. Today it is handling some 15 business aviation movements a day with increasing numbers of international visiting jets. Its prestigious new passenger terminal was part of an ongoing investment in the airport, which has also included a new runway, ILS, new jet apron, enhanced fire and rescue capability and new hangars. Its oxfordjet FBO facility is a fresh, modern exterior design. There are separate lounges for crews, along with VIP and VVIP zones for passengers, assuring maximum privacy. Private shower rooms, a crew kitchen and meeting rooms are provided, together with customs and immigration facilities. Check-in and security screening are convenient and swift, ensuring front door to take-off times are minimal.
London Oxford Airport’s success continues into 2010 with the start of its first international ‘scheduled’ service with regional carrier Baboo of Switzerland commencing Saturday flights to Geneva from 19 December using Bombardier Q400 turboprops. The airport’s weekly summer service to Jersey also resumes for an extended season in 2010 after a popular run this summer.
London Oxford Airport is ideally positioned as a viable choice for London beyond Heathrow, primarily targeting the north-west of the capital and the Thames Valley region. Located just 40 miles (64km) from Greater London and with easy access via the M40 motorway, Oxford is served by the fastest and least congested of London’s key arterial routes. Chiltern Railways has also committed to a new rail link connecting Oxford and Marylebone Station, creating a new station for Kidlington (Oxford Airport’s location) with regular services taking just 58 minutes.
With no other commercial airport between Heathrow and Birmingham - separated by 105 miles (169km), Oxford provides a more efficient, hassle-free alternative for residents of the Thames Valley region. More than five million people reside within an hour’s drive of the airport with no other commercial airports within easy reach. The region now has a world-class business airport on its doorstep providing a more efficient and productive alternative to the established London hubs.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the trade association that represents the interests of British airports and is the principal body with whom the UK Government and regulatory authorities consult on airport matters.
Membership comprises 72 airports representing all of the UK´s international hub and major regional airports in addition to many serving community, business and leisure aviation. A further 160 plus companies are Associate Members of the AOA, representing a range of suppliers to the airports industry.
London Oxford Airport is wholly owned by the Reuben Brothers. The Reuben Brothers’ investment activities include private equity and real estate ownership and development. Investments are predominantly based in the United Kingdom and Europe. Businesses include shopping centres, mixed use commercial real estate, data centres, public houses, hotels and development projects.