Fresh from our friends @ Farnborough News Dec 12, 2014 16:45:00 GMT
Post by mikesmith on Dec 12, 2014 16:45:00 GMT
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TAG Farnborough Airport is planning to upgrade its facilities to cater for larger aircraft.
The airport has received more airliner-sized business jets from the Middle East this year and is investing in further development of its infrastructure as a result.
The airport has experienced a 10% increase in aircraft movements from operators such as Boeing Business Jets or Airbus Corporate Jets.
The airport is therefore now planning to build additional lounges for passengers and enhanced crew facilities, including a gymnasium.
It is also introducing a fast-track entrance to the site, which is set to open for the exclusive use of passengers and crew early next year.
Brandon O’Reilly, chief executive of TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We continue to identify ways to better serve our customers.
“The ongoing investment underpins our commitment to enhance facilities and services, maintaining our position as Europe’s leading business aviation airport.
“We are further improving our facilities in order to cater for larger aircraft.
“TAG Farnborough Airport is 40 miles from central London and is the UK’s only dedicated business aviation airport.
“Our tailored services and facilities, together with easy access to London, provide a seamless travel experience.”
It is thought the plans could be linked to TAG’s proposal to submit an Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) to the UK Civil Aviation Auth-ority.
It was announced last December that the airport intended to submit an ACP.
It said it wanted to reduce the threat of frequent noise, but the plans sparked concern from residents of nearby towns and villages.
The airport currently operates within an uncontrolled air space, which is shared with other airports, so aircraft often take longer or use less direct routes, and with a less predictable descent, causing more aircraft to fly low over houses.
Around 25,000 flights are currently handled by TAG Farnborough Airport each year, but it now has permission to increase the number of incoming and outgoing flights to 50,000 by 2019.
A public consultation was launched in February and initial feedback has already been released from TAG, with a second feedback report due to be published next year.
The first report from TAG stated that stakeholders were concerned about access to the proposed airspace, justification for the proposed changes and the safety issues caused by the compression of non-Farnborough aircraft around or beneath the airspace.
Stakeholders also raised concerns about the environmental impact and the general safety of the proposal.
Part of the report stated: “This is a complex proposal and has generated a large number of responses, hence the time and amount of work required to consider those responses in the appropriate manner is considerable.”
Kevin Daley, a member of the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee (FACC) and chairman of the Mytchett, Frimley Green and Deepcut Society, said a number of constituents fought against plans to increase the airport’s traffic movements.
Matthew Evans, head of planning for Waverley Borough Council, also raised strong concerns.
He said: “Parts of the borough south and east of Farnham, while more sparsely populated, are tranquil in nature and will be adversely affected by the proposed flight corridors.
“In Waverley Borough Council’s view, there is little doubt that these proposals will assist the owners of Farnborough Airport to consider increasing the number of flights and it provides the basis for the introduction of larger planes.”