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COVID-19 – Brighton City Airport Status Update 1/8/2020

The latest easing of the restrictions to GA flying on 24 July 2020, are described in: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation. All of the resident flying schools have their own procedures in place to make their aircraft and operations COVID-Secure. All BCAL operational staff are now back at work, albeit a few have still to complete refresher training, and it appears that confidence in visiting the Hummingbird Restaurant is increasing. It is pleasing to see a more positive feeling about GA operations permeating the UK GA airfields and we note the recent appearance of several aircraft from the European GA community.

We recognise the potential for a change in circumstances that could affect this positivity and thus we will continue to be prudent in assessing how further easing of local restrictions might be introduced. Meanwhile, we shall maintain the COVID-19 mitigation measures in the Terminal and ‘airside’ for the foreseeable future. The safe movement of people in and around the Terminal is important and we trust that visitors, staff and tenants will respect the flows and social distancing we have put in place. Regrettably, the closure of the Gallery and the Shoreham Airport Collection to the public has to continue for the time being; but, it is under regular review and we will allow access to these amenities as soon as we can.

Please also note the following:

  • With effect from 1 August, the opening hours of the airfield have reverted to those published in the UK AIP.
  • Operations ’Out of Hours’ can be supported upon request.
  • CAT 2 Fire cover is available with CAT 3 on remission.
  • Minimum social distancing measures, in place since 1 April, must be applied on the ‘airside’. It is expected that responsible owners and operators shall have completed their own risk assessment for planned air operations and will respect the guidance/golden rules issued by the government.
  • Jet A1 and AVGAS is available. It is appreciated that at times it can get busy at the pumps and we ask for your forbearance and to exercise patience. We request that payment be made by card only. Sorry, no cash transaction possible at the moment. Account holders may make fuel purchases in the normal way.

If you have yet to visit Shoreham this summer, then keep a watch on when the next Flash Fly-in is announced and we hope to see you soon.

Brighton City Airport, the oldest continuously licensed airport in the UK, is the perfect gateway to the south coast of England.
The Airport is open 7 days a week and offers you instant access to everything the South East has to offer. Minutes from the A27, it has excellent road access to the local area and great transport links to London, France and further into Continental Europe.

As you fly into Brighton City Airport, avoiding the busy airspace of London, you will enjoy stunning views of the fabulous coastline and South Downs National Park. Below you will witness gorgeous green countryside, quaint British towns and the dramatic south coast that stretches far off into the distance.

You will find a warm and professional welcome awaiting your arrival and we stand ready to serve your aviation needs be they be for business or leisure. Easy aircraft parking and refuelling and it is only a short walk to the Main Terminal building.

21st Century Airport

The Airport serves the needs of today’s discerning flyers. It is a popular airfield for GA leisure and training flying. An ideal port for business and executive aircraft which can operate to a range of circa 900 miles encompassing many destinations throughout Europe.

Add handling to your visit and our dedicated and friendly staff will take excellent care of the needs of the passengers, crew members and aircraft. Indeed, view our ground services here and our experienced handling team will provide assistance tailored to your requirements.

Charter a helicopter or private jet here or from here for an important event or business meeting or treat a loved one to a special surprise.

Historically Significant

As well as being a choice aviation facility, Brighton City Airport is also a great day out thanks to its historically significant Grade II Listed hangar and art deco listed terminal building. The Main Terminal building was opened on 13th June 1936 under the name ‘Brighton Hove and Worthing Joint Municipal Airport’ and still stands proud, today. Aviation enthusiasts can enjoy a guided tour of these wonderful historic buildings and learn about how the Airport was utilised during the Second World War and post-war period before visiting the Shoreham Airport Collection (SAC) located in the Main Airport Terminal whose volunteer staff look forward to greeting you.

Regrettably the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the temporary closure of the Airport Terminal.  The SAC will open again as soon as we are permitted.

Popular Restaurant

Passengers, visitors and locals alike can all dine in the fabulous and popular Hummingbird Cafe, which is located in the Main Terminal building and has stunning views across the airfield towards Lancing College and the South Downs National Park.

The Hummingbird restaurant, renowned for its great home-cooked food opened again on Saturday 4th July.  The restaurant is operating in accordance with the government guidelines.  Access to the restaurant is via the door to the left of the Main Terminal Building entrance. Please note that you cannot get access to the restaurant through the double doors at the front of the Terminal nor from the Foyer.

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