Cambridge Airport will be 24/7 for the Olympics


Cambridge Airport announced today at BGAD11 it will be 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.

Olympic slot allocations will operate between the 21 July 2012 and 15 August 2012 during which time Cambridge Airport will be able to accommodate over 200 movements per day. 

As one of only five civilian airports with a 24/7 capability Cambridge Airport has the capacity to accept aircraft throughout the day and permit the airport to take up to 30% of regional slot controlled airport traffic during the early morning and late evenings. 

Cambridge already boasts an established 24/7 operating capability with no noise restrictions and this status was recognised by Airport Co-ordination Limited (ACL), which manages the slot allocation system.  ACL has created a booking system, which has now gone live, introduced to ensure UK airport capacity meets the expected increase in demand.

At this year’s EBACE Cambridge announced an initiative to attract business aviation operators to the airport during the summer of 2012 which offers charter operators, government fleets and private owners the opportunity to pre-purchase guaranteed parking slots with a one time fee that also includes all landing and take off costs. 
Richard Knight, Airport Manager at Cambridge said, “The 24/7 capacity, combined with our special events offering, gives our customers exceptional flexibility, particularly as we have a generous allocation of early morning and late evening slots.  With hotels fully booked and events running into the evening, a day trip to the Olympics becomes a viable option”.

Cambridge operates up to Fire Category 7 and has full ATC cover, with ILS and soon to be published GPS approaches, and can handle intercontinental business jets and passenger aircraft up to Boeing 757 and Airbus 320 size.  Cambridge expects the majority of its flights to be derived from private charter and business aviation who will maximise the services provided at the new stylish new FBO facility.

Cambridge Airport is located north east of London and under an hour by road from key Olympic venues, such as the Olympic Stadium and Water Park, in East London. With the capacity to provide helicopter transfers as well as on site chauffeur services and a 45 minute direct rail link into London’s Kings Cross Station the airport expects a busy Olympic period.

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 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 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 13nm.  It has invested in a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system. 

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 and Citation XLS as well as 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.


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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.

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