19 OCTOBER 2015
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The handling contract for private jets at RAF Northolt is thought to have been retained by London City Airport, the incumbent operator, after a fiercely competed tender process which attracted a number of competing offerings. SEE COMMENT
As things stand Northolt, with its 1,684m runway, can handle a wide range of aircraft up to and including Boeing 737 and Airbus A318/19/ACJ variants as long as they do not exceed certain weight criteria and are restricted to 29 passengers. The BAe 146/Avro RJ family and Fokker 70/100 are also regular users of RAF Northolt.
It was in 2011 that Northolt Jet Centre Premier Passenger Service, a division of London City Airport, won the civil tasking function at Northolt previously managed by the Royal Air Force. It provides a 'one stop' booking and coordination service to all aspects of business aviation, mirroring its activities in the docklands where it has a dedicated terminal well away from the main passenger complex.
Northolt is restricted to 12,000 civil movements annually (LCY 70,00 but approved to 111,000). Military and VIP flights count for another 4,000 landings and take-offs. At London City Airport the runway is 1200m long, enough for a Bombardier Q400 but not the aforementioned Airbus and Boeing types. www.raf.mod.uk/rafnortholt
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