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London Oxford opening hours entice American users
With central London just a 22 minute helicopter ride away, London Oxford airport is hoping its longer opening hours will attract more transatlantic aircraft movements.
Head of business development James Dillon-Godfray hopes extended opening hours at London Oxford airport will attract transatlantic volume.
Read this story in our February 2019 printed issue.

London Oxford airport has launched a 'first time user' offer to North America-originating pilots and corporate flight departments whereby new arrivals from the US and Canada can claim 25 per cent off their landing fees from now until 1 April when placing a handling request.

“We are keen to encourage more transatlantic, mid to large cabin business aviation movements and now is an opportune time to try us out,” says head of business development James Dillon-Godfray.

He points out that RAF Northolt is set to close to all fixed wing aircraft movements between April and October this year in order to make runway improvements while Luton and London Stansted will be restricting night flights again this summer. RAF Brize Norton, which is popular with head of state visitors, will also temporarily close to civil traffic during the spring. “We want to get over the message that London Oxford airport offers the longest opening hours of any non-commercial airport in the UK,” continues Dillon-Godfray. Opening hours can extend to midnight on a 24-hour request, while usual standard opening hours were recently extended from 0630 to 2300 hours, seven days a week. He claims this is notably better than all GA and business aviation airport peers at the weekends.

The airport is further looking to accept limited movements after midnight and before 0600 hours, in part to satisfy the potential 24 hour needs of regional manufacturers who have a critical need for just-in-time logistics. With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit and ensuing disruption to normal supply channels, this is an issue which has come into sharp focus.

As a sister company of the London Heliport in Battersea, the only UK CAA licensed heliport in the capital, London Oxford airport offers a 50 per cent landing fee discount for any business jet making an interline connection from Battersea. “This means we can offer the lowest cost helicopter connectivity of any of the London region airports to Battersea from just $2,624 for a 22-minute hop in either direction,” he adds.

London Oxford airport's award-winning OxfordJet FBO is IS-BAH Stage 2 accredited. It is also approved for pet imports, and has accepted thousands of cats and dogs to date.

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