Oxford Airport, UK, has been approved to provide rescue and fire (RFFS) services for Cat 5 aircraft for the first time.
Cat 5 status allows for the charter and provision of niche aircraft shuttles in the 50 to 70-seat category including such types as the ATR-72, BAe/Avro RJ70, Saab 2000, Fokker 50 and Dash-8-300 series. For business aviation movements, Cat 5 approval also means the airport can now handle jets such as the Embraer Legacy (EMB-135). The first Legacy aircraft to be based at Oxford was due to arrive as this edition went to press and will be available for commercial charter.
From July, Oxford Airport welcomes weekend charter flights to and from Jersey, operated by an Air Southwest Dash-8-300, which will also require Cat 5 RFFS. The Cat 5 capability also offers opportunities to cater for charters in the 50-70-seat range for sporting or special events, conferences and exhibitions around Oxford, both in-bound to the Thames Valley region and outbound throughout the UK and overseas. Commenting on the new opportunities, Oxford Airport’s Head of Marketing and Development, James Dillon-Godfray, said: “Having recently invested in three high-capacity fire tenders and doubled the fire crew manning over the last year, we now ready and fully prepared to accept aircraft types we have previously had to decline.”
The airport’s standard opening hours are set between 06:30hrs to 22:30hrs seven days a week with Cat 4 RFFS at all times but 06:00 to midnight opening can also be made available on a prior request basis.