9 JULY 2012

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Article from BTNews 9 JULY 2012

Northolt Olympic availability

RAF Northolt, which could revert to scheduled civilian use under plans under consideration by the Government, has availability for private commercial traffic in the period up to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

From 21 July until 15 August all slot co-ordination for arriving and departing IFR traffic at London airports is being harmonised by Airport Co-ordination Ltd.  RAF Northolt has reserved 50% of its allocated slots for commercial use during this period. 

“It seems there is a misconception that RAF Northolt is for Heads of State aircraft only.  That is certainly not the case in the lead up to the Olympics and we welcome business jets all year round,” said Wing Commander Mike Smith, Commanding Officer.

“With the exception of the period from 20:00 on 25 July through to 08:00 on 14 August, when four RAF Typhoon fighter jets will be based at Northolt in a security role for the Games, and only Heads of State flights are allowed to land, the airport remains fully open and staffed for all other executive flights”.

The civil operation at Northolt is run under contract by London City Airport Jet Centre.  Aircraft up to 30 seats can be accommodated.  www.londoncityairport.com

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