Gloucestershire Airport runway length boost from the CAA
Gloucestershire Airport passed a major runway milestone today which could lead to a big boost in business.
The Civil Aviation Authority today officially published its increased runway distances which include an additional 150m of landing disatnce available at Gloucestershire Airport.
This enables corporate and business aircraft to carry better payloads over further range and land with more passengers aboard.
The increases are as a result of a package of safety measures the airport has implemented as part of its Runway Safety Project, which has seen houses demolished and rebuilt, a new entrance road created and a section of Normans Brook culverted and diverted past the end of the Staverton tarmac.
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Head of operations, Darren Lewington said: “This is arguably the most significant point in the project. The extra runway distances make a huge difference to the operators of the larger aircraft that currently use the Airport and will generate additional business for us.
With the closure of Filton airport near Bristol at the end of the year, there is already additional demand from corporate aircraft flying to the southwest of Engand. Being minutes from the M5, we’re well placed to capture that traffic and help to boost the local economy.
"In practical terms, we’re only talking about a handful of extra flights during the weekdays, but these aircraft generate significantly higher landing fees and greater fuel sales than the lighter training aircraft.
"The knock on effect in the region is also significant. These aircraft and their crews will use local taxis, hotels, caterers and other ancillary services.”
The final stage of the project sees the installation of an Instrument Landing System (ILS) enabling aircraft to land in bad weather.
Darren said: “We expect the ILS to be fully functional within the next six weeks and that the CAA will publish the new procedures for it early in 2013, once all the relevant tests and safety checks are complete.”