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Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

By March 30, 2020 April 1st, 2020 No Comments

While traveling to the United Kingdom via private jet can be an exciting experience,
there are several aspects of business travel that must be considered before take-off.
This is especially true after Brexit, which has already led to a number of changes in
relation to flights to and within the European Union.

Whenever you need to visit the UK by flying private, relying on the services of a flight
planning company is a must. Flightworx provides a 24/7, personalized, full range of
services to bring you the best flying experience possible.

Fuel

The first aspect to consider, as always, is fuel, arguably the single highest cost of an
aircraft operation. The taxation on aviation fuel in the UK follows a number of details
according to the nature of your operation, your status as a company with an AOC (if
applied) and your destination.

You should be aware that with the ongoing Brexit process, the country now has a
broader liberty to change or increase regulations about taxations over aviation fuel.
This is where it can come in handy to thoroughly research fuel prices by airport, as it
may account for significant savings landing in one airport versus another.

Migrations and Security

After Brexit began to take effect in February 2020, the United Kingdom ceased to be a
part of the Schengen Zone, which granted free moving across the shared borders of
European Union member states. This means that a passport is now required when
moving from an EU member state to the UK. However, visa is waived for short stays.

As per security standards, aviation operators in United Kingdom are well regarded, a
pattern that is seen throughout the rest of Europe. If there is any concern about
transiting, you can always coordinate with a fixed-base operator (FBO) to ensure your
needs are attended to upon arrival.

Additional Services

While the largest airports have several constraints when it comes to slot availability,
there are airports which aim exclusively to the private aviation segment, like Biggin Hill
(EGKB/BQH) and Farnbourough (EGLF/FAB).

This means that FBO services throughout the country are mostly of excellence,
especially in the less-constrained terminals. The best FBO in Europe, according to
AIN’s 2019 survey, is located at Farnbourough. With having its own private terminal
owned by the airport, its certainly a nice feature to look forward to both on arrival and
return home.

Bottom Line

While the United Kingdom is a great destination for both business and pleasure, it may
seem confusing at first when deciding where to fly to. Thankfully, between high safety
standards, top notch FBO providers and a good airport structure ensure that business
travel will continue on.

However, with the recent political developments, it is important to keep a close eye out
for eventual changes related to regulations and taxes, especially over fuel uplifting and migration requirements for longer stays. Therefore, it never hurts to begin planning
your trip early, or counting on a great flight planning partner like Flightworx.

CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY

Feel free to contact our team here at Flightworx today for advice on flight planning and aviation fuel supply.




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