We have always been clear that we would not, and cannot, accept anything like EasyJet and Ryanair, which we know local residents don’t want. Our business model is not focussed on the big airliners with large passenger numbers. Instead, we focus on smaller aircraft used in the Business and General Aviation sector – which sees far fewer passengers and flights.
Our ambition is to secure our future as a world class business aviation centre of excellence, investing in the airport estate and infrastructure to create job opportunities for Bromley residents and provide an economic boost to the region. Since our operating hours were changed in 2015, the airport has attracted tens of millions of pounds of investment from new and expanding businesses, creating hundreds of high-quality, well-paid jobs and enabling us to move further towards our 2030 target.
In 2015, we promised to limit our early morning and late evening flights and we have kept within those limits. We also implemented a noise and track keeping system that enables local residents to monitor all flights taking off and landing at Biggin Hill. We have reviewed our Noise Action Plan and will continue to limit aircraft movements in extended hours.

Only business and light aircraft are permitted at Biggin Hill. We will never allow Biggin Hill to become an airport for holiday or freight airlines – we don’t want them, we don’t need them.

Our business model will always be limited to much smaller business jets, which are the key to supporting the aviation business community based on the Biggin Hill estate.

Our Festival of Flight (formerly known as the Air Fair) has been a major tourist attraction for decades. We are proud of our history here at Biggin Hill and have held the Festival every year since 2015 (apart from during the pandemic).

We will continue this important tradition which both reflects the Airport’s emerging role as a Business and General Aviation Aerospace Centre and also recognises its rich history. To ensure the Festival of Flight is protected going forward, we will also bring the thrill of aviation to your living room via free to view livestreams broadcast directly from the airport in association with our charitable partner, Aerobility.

Our ambition is to secure our future as a world class business aviation centre of excellence, investing in the airport estate and infrastructure to create high-quality, well-paid jobs for Bromley and provide an economic boost to the region.

The Biggin Hill campus has created 550 new jobs last year alone - two thirds of employees at the airport live locally and we are on track to create a further 2,000 jobs by 2030.

We’ve also recently welcomed a new aviation training business, Echelon Air, to the campus and space has been reserved for a new aviation college. We are committed to working closely with London South East Colleges to make sure that young people are getting the training that they need.

In 2015, we created Biggin Hill Airport’s first Noise Action Plan (NAP) – a five-year plan to reduce noise levels for local residents. By introducing a variety of measures and limits, we have cut our noise footprint by half.

Biggin Hill’s online noise and track keeping system means we can deal with complaints quickly, without hassle. We also publish, quarterly, annual and five yearly reports on noise, complaint, and performance monitoring, to be clear and open about what we are doing.

As part of Biggin Hill’s ‘Return to the Skies’ initiative during COVID, we placed enhanced restrictions on circuit flights and will look to continue this in the future – very few light aircraft now use our airport.

We have also implemented a scheme to incentivise operators of light and training aircraft to install noise suppression equipment or to replace noisy aircraft altogether.

In 2015, we promised to limit aircraft movements within the agreed extended opening hours.

Since then, we have never exceeded both our early morning and late evening movement limit, with no more than eight movements allowed in the extra hour. Going forward, we will continue to limit these aircraft movements for the benefit of the local community.

We have always been clear that we would not, and cannot, accept anything like EasyJet and Ryanair, which we know local residents don’t want.

Our business model is not focussed on the big airliners with large passenger numbers. Instead, we focus on smaller aircraft used in the Business and General Aviation sector – which sees far fewer passengers and flights.

No scheduled holiday airlines allowed

As part of Biggin Hill’s ‘Return to the Skies’ initiative during COVID, we placed enhanced restrictions on circuit flights and will look to continue this in the future – very few light aircraft now use our airport.

We have also implemented a scheme to incentivise operators of light and training aircraft to install noise suppression equipment or to replace noisy aircraft altogether.

No new runways

We are – and always will be – a small airport catering to the business and general aviation market. Our single existing runway is enough and we don’t need another one.

A voluntary cap of 50,000 flights per year

Six years ago, over 30,000 local residents backed our plans to change our opening hours as the key to unlocking more jobs, investment and opportunity for the local community. In return, we agreed to a voluntary cap of 50,000 flights per year.

Since then, the number of flights has steadily reduced and we have been under 50,000 annual flights for the last three years.

No expansion beyond existing boundaries

Since 2015, development has only taken place within the Airport’s existing boundaries, including important investment in hangars and a new hotel, which have already provided 550 new local jobs. We estimate that further investment in the campus will create another 2,000 jobs by 2030.

Only used by business and light aircraft

Only business and light aircraft are permitted at Biggin Hill. We will never allow Biggin Hill to become an airport for holiday or freight airlines – we don’t want them, we don’t need them.

Our business model will always be limited to much smaller business jets, which are the key to supporting the aviation business community based on the Biggin Hill estate.

Annual Festival of Flight protected for the community

Our Festival of Flight (formerly known as the Air Fair) has been a major tourist attraction for decades. We are proud of our history here at Biggin Hill and have held the Festival every year since 2015 (apart from during the pandemic).

We will continue this important tradition which both reflects the Airport’s emerging role as a Business and General Aviation Aerospace Centre and also recognises its rich history. To ensure the Festival of Flight is protected going forward, we will also bring the thrill of aviation to your living room via free to view livestreams broadcast directly from the airort in association with our charitable partner, Aerobility.

An extra 2,300 local jobs by 2030 and a new aviation college

Our ambition is to secure our future as a world class business aviation centre of excellence, investing in the airport estate and infrastructure to create high-quality, well-paid jobs for Bromley and provide an economic boost to the region.

The Biggin Hill campus has created 550 new jobs last year alone – two thirds of employees at the airport live locally and we are on track to create a further 2,000 jobs by 2030.

We’ve also recently welcomed a new aviation training business, Echelon Air, to the campus and space has been reserved for a new aviation college. We are committed to working closely with London South East Colleges to make sure that young people are getting the training that they need.

Reduce noise footprint by half

In 2015, we created Biggin Hill Airport’s first Noise Action Plan (NAP) – a five-year plan to reduce noise levels for local residents. By introducing a variety of measures and limits, we have cut our noise footprint by half.

Biggin Hill’s online noise and track keeping system means we can deal with complaints quickly, without hassle. We also publish, quarterly, annual and five yearly reports on noise, complaint, and performance monitoring, to be clear and open about what we are doing.

More information about the measures we have taken to reduce noise by half can be found here

As part of Biggin Hill’s ‘Return to the Skies’ initiative during COVID, we placed enhanced restrictions on circuit flights and will look to continue this in the future – very few light aircraft now use our airport.

We have also implemented a scheme to incentivise operators of light and training aircraft to install noise suppression equipment or to replace noisy aircraft altogether.

Limit aircraft movements in extended hours

In 2015, we promised to limit aircraft movements within the agreed extended opening hours.

Since then, we have never exceeded both our early morning and late evening movement limit, with no more than eight movements allowed in the extra hour. Going forward, we will continue to limit these aircraft movements for the benefit of the local community.