Cranfield Airport has been busy with enhancing its business aviation facilities over the last few months. From July there will be a new hangar facility available along with a new lounge for business travellers. The airport has also improved the taxiways, apron space and has installed more modern security.
The airport currently handles some 3,000 business aircraft take-offs and landings a year.
Airport director Jason Ivey says: “This facelift is very important because it ensures that Cranfield Airport is well positioned to maintain and improve its business and executive jet operations. We are located right next to the M1 and right on Milton Keynes’ doorstep which makes us an ideal business airport.”
Airport capacity in the South East is becoming a major issue for the aviation industry and airport owners. Cranfield University believes Cranfield Airport’s location and facilities will make a contribution to local and international businesses with easy access to Milton Keynes, London and the Midlands areas. With the new facilities, the airport is already attracting interest from operators who might base their aircraft.
“The airport can accommodate the largest business and executive jets, which means that you can fly from Cranfield direct to the eastern part of the USA or to the Middle East,” says Ivey “The reception area is being refurbished to the highest executive standards, with everything that the business traveller expects.”
Cranfield is a designated Olympics airport for the London 2012 Games and expects to welcome at least 40 extra business jet flights during the Olympic period. Currently, the airport has 39 confirmed aircraft booked, all are Gulfstream G5, Global Express or similar size but Cranfield expects a number of late bookings over the coming weeks, as more Olympic visitors finalise their travel plans.
Ivey said: “The work is not Olympics-specific, but we have used the games as a target. It is going to be a wonderful opportunity to put Cranfield Airport on the world map.”
The airport is also very close to Silverstone motor racing circuit, around 12 minutes flying time by helicopter, particularly useful around the time of the British Formula One Grand Prix.