Very low passenger figures
Though Cambridge airport had around 18,000 passengers in 2001, the number then dropped to 2,000 or 3,000 per year – falling to a number too low for the CAA to record in 2010 and 2011. CAA passenger data 2001 – 2011
Cambridge Airport announces new initiative to capitalise on the 2012 Olympics
[Yet another small airport trying to cash in on the Olympics…]
Launched under the brand of Major Events Service the airport is offering 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. Looking to next year, peak periods are expected in July and August just before and after the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. The package, which applies to an individual aircraft’s tail-number incorporates a deposit paid upfront of £5k, and is designed to support operators already planning their activity during this time. “Cambridge Airport is perfectly positioned for the games as it takes just under an hour by convenient road networks to reach the east London area where the main Olympic stadium is based,” says Archie Garden, Airport Director. “ We anticipate the airport’s location and innovative pricing strategy will be of particular interest to the larger jets who will easily see the value of the proposition. For example a Gulfstream or Global Express that flies in and out once will easily recoup their spend, and for mid-size aircraft only two or three movements are required within the specified time frame to make it cost effective.” Cambridge airport will have capacity for up to 90 average size business jets and is offering the deal on a first come first served basis. With aircraft parking anticipated to be a challenge, the new initiative allows operators to pre-book their space, without having to commit to specific slots. The offer which is available until 1 November 2011 is tailored specifically for the dates of 26th July until 13 August 2012.
Wikipedia information on Cambridge Airport at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Airport In January 2011, Cambridge Airport broke off from Marshall, and released plans for the airport’s future. Its plans are to field international flights for the London 2012 Olympic Games. For 2012 the airport has introduced new international holiday charter flights to Europe as well as new regular air links to the Channel Islands. Passenger terminal facilities are being significantly upgraded to offer customers convenient and high quality airline passenger services. The airport is planning to add further destinations in due course to key domestic and international business and leisure destinations. AirlinesDestinations Blue Islands Jersey Danube Wings Seasonal: Dole-Jura [begins 30 June 2012]