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COVID-19 – Brighton City Airport Status Update 18/05/2020

On Friday 15th May, the DfT issued revised guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation) on recreational flying for General Aviation (GA) in England which came in to immediate effect. To complement this change, the CAA published a Civil Aviation Publication (CAP 1919) offering safety advice and tips for pilots returning to GA flying post COVID-19 (the document can be found at www.publicapps.caa.co.uk

Our Managing Director had been pro-active in his engagement with the CAA, the AOA and APPG in the past week and the Airport has submitted its Draft Recovery Plan to the CAA in anticipation of an increase in aviation activity at the Airport in the coming week. Please note it will not be an immediate return to ‘normal operations’ and both departures and arrivals will be subject to Prior Permission Required (PPR) rules so that we can begin operations in a measured and safe manner.

Please also note the following:

  • The Airport is available for essential and recreational flying as presented in the most recent DfT guidance.
  • Airport opening hours will remain as daily between 0900 and 1800 (L) until at least 31 May.
  • Staffing levels will remain at the reduced levels.
  • Minimum social distancing measures have been applied successfully since 1 April. It is expected that responsible owners/operators shall have completed their own risk assessment for planned air operations and will respect the guidance/golden rules issued by the government. In particular, please accept the instructions given by ATC and the Fire Crews when operating on the ‘airside’.
  • Air Traffic Control services are available at most times, but this is reduced to Air/Ground occasionally to accommodate rest breaks.
  • The Fire cover is established for CAT 1, but we can accommodate CAT 2 movements on request subject to 24 hrs notice.
  • We continue to operate under PPR rules. Please contact ATC on 01273 467377 and also monitor NOTAMs for the latest updates.
  • The Terminal Building is closed to visitors and the Hummingbird Restaurant is closed until further notice.
  • We have good quantities of Jet A1 and AVGAS available. At the pumps, payment must be made by card only. Sorry no cash transaction possible at the moment. Account holders may make fuel purchases in the normal way. It is essential that the social distancing rules are applied in the vicinity of the fuel pumps and please be patient if it is busy.

The easing of restrictions on recreational flying will, no doubt, see a steady increase in activity. However, after such a long lay-off you will appreciate that we must still apply some restrictions for the greater good and the safety of all.

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 is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is not known when it will be permitted to re-open. The Airport Company is monitoring the situation closely and shall reintroduce refreshments as soon as possible after the Terminal Building opens for normal business.

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