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Article from BTNews 31 MAY 2021

Oxford Airport develops

As part of a new strategic plan, Oxford Airport has commenced construction work on a new development phase which will, when complete this autumn, be its most significant step forward to date. 

Central to the work is a 63,000sq ft. (6,000m2) 140m long hangar with two bays including rear offices, stores and workshops, capable of accommodating up to six Bombardier Global, Gulfstream or Dassault Falcon Jet models, simultaneously. The new hangar, the airport’s 15th, is the first facility in a new zone of the airport to the north of the original site.  

The hangar will be used predominantly by established tenants, many of whom reside in some of the older WWII facilities, along with a number of larger business aircraft for which there has been limited capacity at Oxford.  The airport will progressively replace 80-year-old hangars with new, bespoke facilities, providing turnkey solutions for clients.

With demand for space consistently outpacing supply within the London region, the airport is committed to invest in infrastructure to accommodate more business and allow established companies, such as Airbus Helicopters, Volare Aviation and Jet Maintenance International (JMI) to expand.  The airport is home to a number of aviation support businesses (MRO) that cover maintenance, engineering, modification, design and operational support services.  The new environmentally-efficient facilities will support existing aircraft and future next-gen aircraft, including eVTOL and hybrid/electric models.

Additional infrastructure has included the feeding-in of significantly more power onto the site.

The projects have been overseen these past 12 months by Will Curtis, who joined Oxford Airport as Managing Director in 2020.

www.oxfordairport.co.uk

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