16 May 2013 | Airports News

Which airport to use in London? What passengers flying private ought to know…

On the map below are located airports open to private aviation within a radius of 80km of London. But which airport are most practical? When to use which ones? In this article you will find all the tips and information to choose objectively the airport that best suits your needs.  When you fly by private jet you choose the most convenient airports for your flight, and avoid lengthy journeys to and from airports.


From North to south:


Cambridge Airport CBG It is located on the eastern outskirts of Cambridge, south of Newmarket Road and west of the village of Teversham, 2 mi (2.8 km) from the centre of Cambridge and approximately 50 mi (80 km) from London.  Airport operational hours : 7am to 9om Monday to Friday, Saturday 8am to 7pm and Sunday 8am to 9pm.  Movements at other times can be arranged by reservation and transportation taxes are added to the cost of flights.  Get an instant quote by contacting LunaJets on +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here for your private flight.


Luton Airport LTN This is an international airport, located in Luton Bedfordshire, about 30 mi (50km) north-west of London and is the only London airport open 24 hours non-stop.  It is the fourth largest airport in London after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.  With its three terminals reserved for private jets, Luton airport is the busiest business airport in the United Kingdom.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Stansted Airport STN This is one of the farthest airports in London, located about 40 mi (65km) from London city center.  It is open 24h/24h, but there are night restrictions from 1130pmM to 6am. Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Oxford Airport OXF It is a privately owned airport located near Kidlington Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, 7 mi (10km) northwest of Oxford, 62 mi (110km) from Central London. It specialises in general and business aviation.  Its location is ideal if you want to access the Shires around London. Air access and ground transportation have improved in the last years.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Northolt NHT This is a Royal Air Force airbase in South Ruislip, 2 mi from Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon, West London.  Approximately 6 mi (10km) north of London Heathrow airport, the airbase also handles a large number of private civilian flights with prior permission. Northolt has one runway in operation, with a grooved asphalt surface.  This airport is used most by the British government, for Head of State, diplomatic and governmental flights, because it is the closest to Downing Street But be careful, the airport closes at night.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Southend SEN This is an international airport in the district of Rochford, Essex, England, east of London.  It was very practical during the 2012 Olympic games because of its proximity to the Olympic Village.  However, road access to the city center is not smooth and fast.  The airport is not open at night: it closes 45 minutes after the last scheduled flight and opens every day at 4am.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


London City Airport LCY It is located on a former Docklands site in the London Borough of Newham, some 7 mi (10km) East of the City of London.  London City Airport has a single 4,900 ft long runway open to commercial and private aviation.  London City Airport is a small airport compared to the four main international airports of London.  However due to its close proximity to the Docklands and financial district, its main users are business executives, Forbes 1,000 CEO’s and bankers.  London City Airport is the closest airport to central London, open to private jets.  Attendance at the airport is much higher in winter because a number of airlines fly to ski destinations including Zurich, Geneva and Sion.  However, pilots need specific training and aircraft must have special options to land and take-off in LCY.  For these reasons, only a few private planes are authorised to land.  It is also the most expensive airport in London in taxes and parking.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Heathrow LHR and Gatwick LGW


Both airports are known for being the largest international airports in the United Kingdom and exceptionally they also welcome business aircraft.  The priority for landing and arrival is given primarily to commercial flights. Therefore, LunaJets recommend those two airports only in case of connection with a commercial international or intercontinental flight.  Otherwise your flight could be delayed in favour of other commercial airplanes, and costs are higher compared to the other London airports.


Blackbushe Airport BBS


Blackbushe Airport, in Camberley is located at the border of Hampshire and Surrey.  It is a small airport offering personalized and exclusive facilities for private aviation.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Farnborough FAB


It is situated west of London and very close to Ascot and Windsor.  This is the ultimate private airport open exclusively to business aviation.  Very "chic", it has a private terminal designed by top UK architect Baron Norman Foster.  However, the airport closes at night and traffic is restricted on weekends to protect local residents from excessive aircraft noise.  This airport together with Biggin Hill, are the airports that LunaJets uses the most.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.


Biggin Hill Airport BQH


It is situated in the London Borough of Bromley, located 14 mi (20km) South of Central London. The airport was formerly the Royal Air Force station and a small enclave of the airport still retains that designation.  It is open to private aircraft from 630am to 10pm on weekdays and from 9am to 8pm on weekends and holidays.  It has the advantage that no runway slots are required and user charges are very advantageous.


Lydd LYX


This is a very small airport based in Kent and ideally situated for traveling to the South East of England.  It is close to the M20 motorway and has a runway of 1505m open to commercial and private aviation.  It is open from 830am to 7pm seven days a week with extensions available on request.  Contact LunaJets to organize your private flight to +41 844 041 844 or fill out the online form here.