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COVID-19 – Brighton City Airport Status Update 15/1/2021

Another update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Aviation (GA) guidance was issued by HM Government on 5 January. It advises that leisure flying for GA during the National Lockdown is not permitted. However, GA flying is permitted for the purposes of work, flying training organisations providing training for professional pilots, for the purposes of work, may continue to do so and essential minimum-duration engine health and maintenance check flights can be undertaken. The full text of the guidance issued can be found at

As a result of the change in restrictions, the Airport has adjusted its daily (Mon–Fri) opening hours to 0900-1800 and, at the weekend, the Airport will be open 1000-1700 each day. Robust COVID-19 mitigation measures are applied ‘airside’ and the Airport Terminal is closed to casual visitors. Please note that face coverings are required when visiting the Fire Station and inside the Airport Terminal. It is expected that responsible owners and operators shall have completed their own risk assessment for planned air operations at the Airport and will respect and adhere to the National Lockdown rules. NOTAMs have been issued explaining the revised opening hours, the ATC service available and the need to provide 24 hours’ notice should RFFS Category 2 be required for a flight.

We have Jet A1 and AVGAS available and payment must be made by card or on account. The Hummingbird restaurant closed just before Christmas and the management has announced that the facility will remain closed until further notice.

We are ready to support those who need to fly throughout this difficult time and would like to remind aviators to note the PPR, read the EGKA NOTAMs for the latest information and be cognisant of the public information campaign to help prevent the R numbering increasing: HANDS, FACE, SPACE.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible for the SAC to operate as we would wish. 
The volunteers will open the facility again as soon as we are permitted and it is safe so to do.

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 management of the Hummingbird restaurant has decided to close the facility until further notice.

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