Which London Airport is the best when you fly private?
London is one of the busiest capital cities in Europe. With almost 8 thousand private jet movements each month and 14 private jet airports, the UK metropolis offers a wide range of options when it comes to choosing your private jet airport. Many business travellers have asked us which London airport is the best when you fly private, and the answer depends on factors such as your preferred departure times, location, as well as very particular requirements (e.g., travelling with pets on a private jet). To assist you, we have listed all of London’s best private jet airports providing you with the most up-to-date information.
7 of the Best London Private Jet Airports
1 – London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH – EGKB)
London Biggin Hill Airport is just 12 km away from London’s downtown. Located in South East London, this is your preferred choice if you are travelling to the south side of London. With over 250 movements in the past year, this is one of GlobeAir’s preferred airport offering competitive fees and high flexibility. A former RAF military base, today the airport offers flexible slots and extended operating hours (0600 to 2300 – local time) thus ensuring higher availabilities. London Biggin Hill Airport also offers helicopter charters directly at the airport premises; you can book your helicopter rides via GlobeAir and receive competitive fares while saving a significant amount of time on your transfers. As a private jet traveller, you will fly through our preferred FBO or private jet terminal, the contacts of which you can find below.
London Biggin Hill Airport Opening Times
- Weekdays: 0630 – 2300hrs (local time)
- Weekends & Bank Holidays: 0800 – 2200hrs (local time)
Signature Flight Support BQH – London Biggin Hill Airport
Building 510, Churchill Way, London Biggin Hill Airport, Biggin Hill,
Westerham TN16 3BN,
Phone: +44 1959 577027
Pets on board:
Biggin Hill Airport follows the PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) allowing your pets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the UK pet requirements. When you charter a private jet to or from London Biggin Hill via GlobeAir, you are allowed to bring your dog or cat with you in the cabin. On top of the costs for your flight, you’ll be paying €300 for one pet and €125 for any additional pet.
2 – London City (LCY – EGLC)
London City Airport, renowned for its strategic position and modern facilities, offers on-site car parking and hassle-free airport procedures. Located just 11 km away from London’s bustling city centre, the airport is close to London’s West End (16 km) and Canary Wharf (5 km). Why choose London City for your private jet journey? The airport has a dedicated private jet centre and lounge on the west runway of London City Airport and that’s where you can put your feet up before taking off. The airport is generally open round the clock, except during peak season (late spring and summer time) when the airport’s opening hours are affected by nighttime noise restrictions. Authorities have confirmed that restrictions will limit the airport’s operations next peak season as well with night bans starting June 2019 until September.
London City Airport Opening Times
- Weekdays: 0630 – 2200hrs (local time)
- Saturdays: 0630 – 1230hrs (local time)
- Sundays: 1230 – 2130hrs (local time)
London City Jet Centre
Royal Docks, London E16 2PJ
Phone: +44 20 7646 0400
Pets on board
You won’t be allowed to land at London City Airport if you are travelling with pets.
3 – London Luton Airport (LTN – EGGW)
Luton Aiport is one of London’s top-served private jet airports. Equipped with an FBO and offering optimal connections to London city centre as well as competitive landing fees, Luton Airport is one of Europe’s Top 3 private jet airports, as well as one of the busiest. As it is for London City Airport, London Luton issues night bans due to noise breaches during peak season. Authorities are likely to issue the night bans in the next season as well; should this disrupt your journeys, we suggest that you choose London Southend as the alternative airport.
London Luton Airport Opening Times
Weekdays and Weekends: 24 hours
Signature Flight Support LTN – London Luton Airport Terminal 1
Percival Way, Luton LU2 9PA,
Phone: +44 1582 724182
Pets on board
You won’t be allowed to land at London Luton Airport if you are travelling with pets.
4- Farnborough Airport (FAB – EGLF)
TAG Farnborough Airport is dedicated exclusively to Business Aviation and boasts excellent services for travellers. Located south of London, it guarantees easy access into the Capital via major highways; alternatively, London is reachable by 30-minutes train transfers or 12-minutes helicopter rides. To book your transfers into London from TAG Farnborough Airport, don’t hesitate to get in contact with GlobeAir at +43 7221 727 400.
Farnborough Airport Opening Times
Weekdays: 0700 – 2200hrs (local time)
Weekends: 0800 – 2000hrs (local time)
TAG Aviation UK Ltd
Farnborough Airport, Business Aviation Centre,
Farnborough GU14 6XA,
Phone: +44 1252 377977
Pets on board
TAG Farnborough Airport follows the PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) allowing your pets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the UK pet requirements. When you charter a private jet to or from TAG Farnborough Airport via GlobeAir, you are allowed to bring your dog or cat with you in the cabin. On top of the costs for your flight, you’ll be paying €300 for one pet and €125 for any additional pet.
5- Blackbushe Airport (BBS – EGLK)
Blackbushe Airport is on the borders of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey; being it next to the west of London it becomes an attractive location for travellers heading to central London. Blackbushe offers diverse aviation activities including private jet operations. The airport does not have a dedicated FBO and also suffers from sudden weather changes causing disruptions to daily operations.
Blackbushe Airport Opening Times
Weekdays and Weekends: 0800 (local time) – Sunset + 30 minutes allowance
Pets on board
Blackbushe Airport follows the PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) allowing your pets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the UK pet requirements. When you charter a private jet to or from Blackbushe Airport via GlobeAir, you are allowed to bring your dog or cat with you in the cabin. On top of the costs for your flight, you’ll be paying €300 for one pet and €100 for any additional pet.
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6- London RAF Northolt Centre (NHT – EGWU)
London RAF Northolt is a military airport which has recently gained momentum offering commercial flights mostly involving VIP jets. Located 11 km from Heathrow airport, RAF Northolt offers organised transfers directly to the heart of the city. Despite the airport offering top services and utmost privacy its latest closure announcement during next year’s peak season will probably disrupt the airport’s operation during the most critical season of the year. The statement, together with the nighttime restrictions, is set to create disruptions for private jet travellers flying to and from London RAF Northolt Centre, given the renewal of the nighttime restrictions for the upcoming summer season. On top of this, the airport now closes on the weekends. We expect that the other London private jet airports will benefit from London RAF Northolt’s restrictions and its summer closure in 2019.
London RAF Northolt Opening Times
Weekdays: 0800 – 1700hrs (local time)
Northolt Jet Center
Northolt Airfield, W End Rd,
Ruislip HA4 6NG,
Phone: +44 20 8845 8844
Pets on board
You won’t be allowed to land at London RAF Northolt if you are travelling with pets.
7- London Stansted Airport (STN – EGSS)
One of the most well-connected airports in Europe, London Stansted Airport operates both commercial and private jet flights. Per contra, this is a slot-restrictive airport for Business Aviation resulting it harder to ensure flexibility with departure and arrival times. Usually preferred by bigger aircraft, London Stansted Airport allows smaller jets like the Citation Mustang jets to operate as well. Not far located from London Luton Airport, London Stansted is often regarded as being less attractive to private jet travellers willing to get to the city centre in the fastest way.
London Stansted Airport Opening Times
Weekdays and Weekends: 24 hours
Stansted, Seventh Ave,
Phone: +44 1279 680349
Pets on board
London Stansted Airport follows the PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) allowing your pets to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the UK pet requirements. When you charter a private jet to or from London Stansted Airport via GlobeAir, you are allowed to bring your dog or cat with you in the cabin. On top of the costs for your flight, you’ll be paying €450 for one pet and €150 for any additional pet.
Alternative Private Jet Airports in London
If you are arriving by private jet to London, your available options of airports to land are more than these seven private jet airports. The reason we have not listed them all has to do with convenience for the private jet traveller as well as higher costs associated with positioning. As an alternative to London Biggin Hill Airport, GlobeAir can also operate at two of the major international airports those being London Heathrow Airport (LHR – EGLL) with a fee surplus worth €10K, and London Gatwick (LGW – EGKK) by adding €2.5K on all positioned flight.
An Overview of GlobeAir’s Movements at London Major Airports over Time
|London Airport||2017||2018 Expected|
|Biggin Hill (BQH – EGKB)||246||250|
|London Luton (LTN – EGGW)||219||188|
|London City (LCY – EGLC)||107||119|
|TAG Farnborough (FAB – EGLF)||97||140|
|RAF Northolt Centre (NHT – EGWU)||77||42|
|London Stansted (STN – EGSS)||22||37|
|Blackbushe (BBS – EGLK)||13||20|
|London Southend (SEN – EGMC)||7||13|