TAG Farnborough Airport announces record growth in air traffic movements

2nd February 2018 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has announced a record increase in air traffic movements (ATM), reporting the highest ever growth in the history of TAG Farnborough Airport for the month of January with an increase of 17.9 per cent in January 2018.  This follows a year of significant growth with 2017 being the airport’s busiest year since 2007.

For the full year 2017, TAG Farnborough Airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 7.4 per cent and the record 17.9 per cent increase in January 2018 is a clear indication that this positive trend is set to continue.

Also noted for 2017 was a substantial growth in air traffic movements from Asia with an increase of 13 per cent year-on-year, as well as Africa and Europe, both up by 10 per cent year-on-year.

The latest figures were announced by CEO Brandon O’Reilly to a group of aviation journalists at a briefing held this week.

Commenting on TAG Farnborough Airport’s performance, Brandon O’Reilly said: “This improved performance is a tribute to the dedication of all our employees and represents a clear vote of confidence in the airport from the business aviation sector.  It underlines the success of TAG Farnborough Airport’s philosophy –  to consistently offer a five-star service of the highest standard with no compromises – and our position as Europe’s leading business airport.”




TAG Farnborough Airport launches Flying Scholarship 2018

8th January 2018 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2018.  Each year, under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).  The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme.  Now in its 11th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.

Over the past decade, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot.  Last year’s winner, Leo Tang, was able to undergo flight training at Phoenix Aviation’s base in Lee-on-the-Solent and was successful in gaining his PPL in Autumn 2017.  Leo Tang commented: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. My ultimate goal has always been to pursue a career within the aviation industry, to become a professional pilot and qualify as a flying instructor, allowing me to pass on my skills to the next generation of young flying enthusiasts. The support of the Flying Scholarship has been invaluable, allowing me to make my dreams a reality.”

Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage young people to not only become involved in the world of aviation but also reach their full potential and are extremely proud to support this initiative through our community engagement.”

Further information is available on The Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ website: www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/flying-scholarships-2018/

Candidates must be at least 17 years old on 1st June 2018.

M3 Smart Motorway Provides Faster Link from Farnborough to London

18th August 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Following three years construction work and a £174m investment, the new four-lane M3 Smart motorway between Farnborough (Junction 4a) and the M25 interchange (Junction 2) has now opened bringing an immediate benefit to clients of TAG Farnborough Airport, Europe’s leading business aviation airport. This substantially enhances one of the key trunk roads linking the airport to the surrounding area and further improves the journey time from Farnborough to London.

The Smart motorway uses variable speed limits to manage traffic and utilises new technology to give drivers better information on road conditions ahead. These features, as well as the ability to convert the hard shoulder into an extra traffic lane, all contribute to relieving congestion.

Commenting on this improved access, TAG Farnborough Airport CEO Brandon O’Reilly said: “The opening of the new M3 Smart motorway is great news for the airport’s clients who will benefit from improved Farnborough to London journey times. This additional capacity will play a significant role in supporting economic growth in the wider region, with TAG Farnborough Airport playing its part as an important contributor to the local, regional and national economy.”

Twilight Runway Challenge 2017

18th July 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Over 500 participants – the greatest turn out ever and over three times as many people compared to the very first Twilight Runway Challenge in 2012 – ran, cycled, walked and roller skated around the business airport’s runway and taxiways on Saturday 1st July 2017 as part of the 6th Twilight Runway Challenge. The annual charity event, organised jointly by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough, is in aid of Community Matters Partnership Projects (CMPP), which is working to raise the aspirations of young people throughout the local area. Students (past and present) and staff from The Sixth Form College Farnborough as well as employees from the business airport along with other member companies of CMPP participated in the challenge which, since its original launch five years ago, has raised over £25,000


First FBO in the UK to achieve Stage II IS-BAH™ registration

19th May 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) formally announced the initial Stage II registrations for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS- BAH™), the global code of best safety practices, which were issued in May 2017 to TAG Farnborough Airport, UK; Sky Valet of Cannes-Mandelieu, France; and SRC Aviation, New Delhi, India.

“We are delighted to be the first FBO site in the UK to have achieved Stage 2 IS-BAH accreditation and I know our operators at TAG Farnborough Airport will welcome this. This certification underpins the importance we place on safety management systems (SMS)”, said Roger Walker, Director Airport Operations at TAG Farnborough Airport. “We have a sophisticated and effective SMS in place and are committed to upholding the highest safety standards.”

“Our congratulations go out to the respective management and teams at Sky Valet, SRC Aviation and TAG Farnborough Airport for their continued support and dedication to the IS-BAH™ programme. The first Stage II registrations are a significant milestone for the Programme, and it’s fitting that they should come ahead of EBACE 2017 and the planned IS-BAH™ Standards Board meeting where, following positive user feedback, possible enhancements to the industry ground handling standards will be discussed”, said Terry Yeomans – IS-BAH™ Programme Director.

The IS-BAH™ has been created for the industry by the industry. It incorporates a scalable safety management system (SMS) concept in all aspects of FBO/BAHA operations and is complementary with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), adopted globally by corporate flight departments.

The IS-BAH™ is a joint programme between IBAC and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). It incorporates the NATA Safety 1st ground audit programme and follows the long established structure of the IS-BAO™ programme.

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