ExecuJet Europe wins Cambridge Airport FBO tender


Airport offers direct flight path to US without crossing London airspace.

ExecuJet Europe and the UK’s Cambridge Airport, jointly announced at NBAA in Las Vegas  that ExecuJet Europe has been awarded the hotly contested tender to manage the airport’s FBO business. Effective 1st January 2012, ExecuJet Europe will take over the management of the former Marshall Business Aviation Fixed Based Operation (FBO).

Cambridge Airport will be ExecuJet’s ninth European FBO and its first full service FBO in the UK.  ExecuJet obtained a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) more than four years ago and currently manages over 10 aircraft based in the UK, with a  total of 50 throughout Europe.

Business aviation at Cambridge Airport has grown significantly over the last year with movements year on year up by 15% and fuel sales up by 37%, as international operators and brokers increasingly recognise the convenience and importance of the airport.  ExecuJet’s arrival will bring both a strong brand and extensive worldwide network to the airport, and airport management will be able to call on its immense experience next summer as Cambridge Airport operates 24/7 during the 2012 Olympics. 

“We are delighted to introduce such a highly regarded and award-winning FBO organisation at Cambridge.  ExecuJet was selected for many reasons. Essentially, their strong values mirror those of the Marshall Group and the innovation, and significant level of executive engagement they demonstrated as part of our ambitious tendering timescale earned them the selection,” said Archie Garden, Director of Cambridge Airport. “Combined with the fine management team we have developed over the past six months, we are truly excited for the future prospects of business aviation here and believe we have a winning team.”

“We see this step as an integral part of expanding our UK presence,” says Cedric Migeon, Managing Director ExecuJet Europe. “Cambridge provides an excellent access point to the extensive local industrial, technological and business communities. It is also an excellent alternative destination for London-based traffic, especially for travellers to and from the US as the airport location lies directly on the flight path that avoids London’s busy airspace,” he adds. “The facility also offers generous hangar space which is extremely scarce throughout the London region”.

Its new build state-of-the art FBO was opened just 24 months ago and includes executive passenger lounges, boardroom facilities and dedicated crew facilities. Private airside vehicle access for executive cars facilitates easy access to business jets and helicopter charters. “The Marshall Business Aviation team will be migrated to the ExecuJet team,” stresses Archie Garden. “They will work with an experienced, well trained, international FBO team, who can share their knowledge and support FBO business expansion.”

Prepared for the Olympics 2012
Cambridge Airport is one of just five regional airports in the UK capable of accepting business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period. ExecuJet will be able to support Cambridge Airport’s ambitious Olympic traffic plans, by bringing its experience of the South African World Cup. 

Furthermore, with its extended FBO network it will be able to help resource the additional temporary roles which the airport will need to maintain levels of service during the extended traffic and opening hours of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The airport, which has 24 hour security patrols, has no runway restrictions as it holds a Public Use license, and can accept the operation of public transport aircraft up to Boeing 757 and Airbus A320 size.   Access to London’s King Cross by train takes just 45 minutes from Cambridge.

Cambridge Airport is exhibiting at NBAA, Booth No 1622.

ExecuJet Aviation Group
The ExecuJet Aviation Group is a leading global business aviation organisation offering a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management for private and commercial registered aircraft, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, ExecuJet has operations in six regions – Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, embracing a workforce of over 830 experienced staff.
The ExecuJet Aviation Group manages 150 business jets worldwide under the most stringent safety standards. Its commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of seven regional civil aviation issued air operating certificates (AOCs). ExecuJet has many authorised maintenance facilities throughout four regions, certified to work on most Business Jets. The ExecuJet Aviation Group operates 12 world class FBO facilities in Berlin, Zurich, Paris Le Bourget (in cooperation with Advanced Air Support), Ibiza, Valencia, Gerona, Palma, Barcelona, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Istanbul and Dubai.

The ExecuJet Aviation Group offers considerable experience in new and pre-owned aircraft sales worldwide and has a large inventory of business aircraft to suit all budgets with an international team of sales directors offering local knowledge and expertise.

About Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. The Marshall Group activities include Cambridge Airport, Marshall Executive Aviation, and Marshall Aerospace, focused on engineering and technology.

With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus A320 it is suitable for intercontinental business jets as well as small cabin aircraft.  It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm.  It has invested in a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system.  Cambridge is proud to offer Air Traffic Control and Airport Services and a 24/7 capability with no slot or noise restrictions.

Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. A strong provider to the equine community Cambridge Airport is 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.

Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA, which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo, Citation XLS and a Bombardier Challenger 300.
Other aviation companies include Capital Air Services and several GA flight training operators. It is also home of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service operated by Bond Helicopters. A fully authorised Cessna Service centre is located at the airport.


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

Marshall Group