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COVID-19 – Brighton City Airport Status Update 1/07/2020

On Tuesday 30th June, the DfT issued a further revision to the guidance on recreational flying for General Aviation (GA) in England which comes into effect on 4th July. This easement of the restriction pertaining to the training for PPL and the opening of GA businesses is most welcome and can be found at:

It is anticipated that the return to the air for this additional cadre of GA aviators will be gradual and we hope to see the move to the seasonal norms in flying activity as the month progresses. Another positive was the announcement that the Hummingbird restaurant is to open its doors again from 4th July too. Access to the Terminal was tested during the successful Flash Fly-in on 25th June and it was found that the COVID-19 mitigation measures were satisfactory. The requirements to safely manage the movement of people in and around the Terminal have been established and we trust that visitors, staff and tenants will respect the flows and social distancing we have put in place and enjoy what the Grade II listed building and its amenities have to offer.

During June, operational staff returned to duty, completed refresher training and are ready to meet the anticipated increase in activity. The Prior Permission Required (PPR) rules, used so effectively during the lockdown to deliver operations in a measured and safe manner, have reverted to the PPR process that was in place prior to 23rd March.

Please also note the following:

  • Airport opening hours will remain as daily between 0800 and 1800 (L) until at least 31 July.
  • Staffing levels have enabled us to:
    o Establish a watch roster where ATC will be available throughout July; but it will be necessary to introduce Air/Ground for the first hour of each day and occasionally during the day to accommodate essential rest breaks.
    o Provide CAT 2 Fire cover with CAT 3 on remission.
  • On the apron, minimum social distancing measures have been applied successfully since 1 April. 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. In particular, please accept the instructions given by ATC and the Fire Crews when operating on the ‘airside’ and in the vicinity of the fuel pumps and please be patient if it is busy.
  • 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.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you back in the air. 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 plans to open again on Saturday 4th July.  The restaurant is currently being prepared to ensure that it meets the government guidelines for the re-opening of the business.  Access will be directly into the restaurant from 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.

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