David Winstanley, Chief Executive of London Biggin Hill Airport said:
“Shared flights are where small private aircraft allow individual paying passengers, on one-off flights. A small number of companies offering these services would like to use Biggin Hill. We have been engaging with Bromley Council to resolve this.
We have been clear that we would not, and cannot, accept anything like Easyjet and Ryanair, which we know local people don’t want. Our business model will always be limited to much smaller business jets.
If allowed, these bespoke flights will utilise existing services and be within the strict noise and flight limits already agreed with the local community. We also believe local people should benefit from any financial rewards from these services – and these should be ringfenced for local priorities.
We hope the decision is made locally, but because it’s a difficult legal question, it may need to be resolved by an independent tribunal.”