12 April 2024

TAG Farnborough Airport: Europe’s leading business aviation airport

Aviation
| The European |

With the world’s eyes fixed firmly on London in 2012, it is shaping up to be a busy year for TAG Farnborough Airport. Situated less than 40 miles from central London, Europe’s leading business aviation airport is well placed to meet this challenge. Thanks to its seamless service, privacy and proximity to London, TAG Farnborough Airport is an ideal facility for sponsors, foreign dignitaries and diplomats attending this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, Farnborough International Airshow and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“Customers using TAG Farnborough Airport during major events this year will require the quickest possible connection between their aircraft and transport to London,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport. “This presents a great opportunity for us to showcase our service delivery. We are dedicated to making the best first impression of the UK when our guests arrive and the best parting impression when they leave.”

Dedicated business focus
What sets the airport apart is its singular focus on business aviation, as O’Reilly explains: “Farnborough is the only airport in Britain that has been specifically developed with business aviation in mind. Every other airport in the country is a hybrid, either a commercial airport with business aviation as a part of its operation, or a small aerodrome serving light aircraft. We even have own luxury hotel on site, The Aviator.” TAG Farnborough is a full service private airport for passengers, crew and aircraft, offering unparalleled amenities and services. The airport boasts an award-winning, state-of-the-art main terminal, control tower and two wave-shaped hangars. Passengers are able to drive directly to waiting jets, assuring a discrete and convenient flight experience.

A brief history
Farnborough is the birthplace of British aviation. It was at Farnborough, on 16 October 1908 where the pioneer Samuel Cody became the first man to conduct a powered flight in the UK. Subsequently, the site was used during the First and Second World Wars as a military airstrip. It was also home to the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), an aircraft research and development centre. Many innovations from the RAE have left their mark on aviation worldwide including the development and testing of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier and Concorde.

TAG Aviation won a bid to take over the site in 1997 and TAG Farnborough Airport began operating as a bespoke airport for corporate and private jets in 2003. To date, more than £100 million of investment has transformed the site over the last ten years, with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to cater specifically for the needs of business aviation. TAG Farnborough was granted government approval to gradually increase the number of permitted aircraft movements from 28,000 to 50,000 per year through to 2019, which will create up to 1,200 jobs.

The airport also recently invested £1 million to restore the former Royal Flying Corps’ main hangar, the G29 hangar (known as the ‘Black Sheds’), a Grade IIA listed building, located near the airport’s main runway. The airport has worked in collaboration with English Heritage and Rushmoor Borough Council on the renovation, which was completed in December 2011. The investment is part of TAG Farnborough Airport’s ongoing commitment to preserve British aviation history, and continue a legacy for future generations. The airport is also the biennial host to the world’s leading airshow, the Farnborough International Airshow.

TAG Aviation also has two other facilities in Europe. TAG Aviation’s Flight Centre at Geneva International Airport (LSGG) is repeatedly voted one of Europe’s best private facilities for jet aviation handling. It offers spacious lounges and dedicated conference rooms as part of its full range of amenities. Meanwhlie, the TAG Aviation Spain Flight Centre at Torrejón Airport, 20 minutes from the centre of Madrid, offers complete aircraft handling services with direct ramp access to jets from private passenger and crew facilities.

Contact Details
For more information on TAG Farnborough Airport please visit: www.tagfarnborough.com

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