Jetex has opened its London FBO, based at Hangar 510 at London Biggin Hill, a private airport that caters exclusively for aircraft in business and private aviation. 2022 was the strongest year ever for the airport with more than 26,000 movements, up from 18,900 in 2021. It is recognised as a global centre of excellence and the second private jet operation in the UK with 23 per cent of London's market share after Farnborough (31 per cent) and ahead of Luton (22 per cent). The airport typically connects flights to more than 750 destinations across over 70 countries.
Jetex London is conveniently located just nine miles from Canary Wharf and 15 miles from Central London, with helicopter transfers taking passengers to and from the heart of the British capital in just six minutes, and limousine transfers taking less than 50 minutes. It has taken over Hangar 510 from Signature Flight Support, which had operated there since 2014, in August last year.
The modern airport runway of 1,806 metres allows most aircraft to operate without payload or range restrictions, including non-stop transatlantic flights.
“We are pleased with our arrival in London. Jetex already has a strong presence in Europe with a flagship private jet terminal at Paris Le Bourget, and the new flagship Jetex London is a natural evolution of our operations. Private flyers will enjoy a seamless travel experience complemented by the greatest levels of luxury hospitality, while employing the latest technology will allow us to minimise our carbon footprint,” says founder and CEO Adel Mardini.
Jetex London will offer a suite of flagship services for passengers and crews travelling through the airport. It is a seamless, intuitive and dedicated route for Jetex customers to begin or end their journey in comfort. The on-site UK Border Force and customs control will ensure that passengers and crew enjoy an efficient ground experience, while Jetex will also offer assistance with ground transport, hotel accommodation, catering, concierge services and more.
Biggin Hill's green agenda is key to the airport's future development, and it echoes the global sustainability commitment of Jetex. The airport has been offering sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) since April 2021.
“We are extremely proud that Jetex has chosen London Biggin Hill airport as the destination for its latest FBO. As the only dedicated business aviation airport in the capital, Jetex's choice of London Biggin Hill reflects the strategic importance of our location. Jetex is one of the most respected and acclaimed businesses in private aviation, with an ambitious growth roadmap that reflects our own. As it joins our growing ecosystem of aerospace businesses here, we stand at the ready to welcome its customers to the capital and to offer them the very best standards of service they have come to expect,” says airport commercial director Robert Walters.
With natural materials, soft lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows, Jetex London is designed to feel like a warm, contemporary space. The 1,900 sqm private terminal will include several comfortable, luxurious lounges designed with passenger privacy in mind, retail and entertainment areas, fully equipped boardrooms, shower suites and more. Crews will appreciate a full range of on-site recreational and flight support facilities.
Jetex London marks the company's first entry into the UK as it looks forward to growing its operations in the market.