If you’re flying into London then you have a lot of airports to choose from. The main hub airports like Gatwick and Heathrow are not generally recommended unless for instance you are travelling to the Caribbean on a connecting flight, due to the high landing charges and lack of available slots for business aircraft.

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You can utilise smaller airports dedicated to general aviation aircraft where the onus is on providing quick and efficient transfers through the terminal saving you time and hassle. Here are some of the private jet airports located in and around London;

London City Airport (EGLC)

located just 6 miles from the centre of London, opposite the London Reggata Centre and is a single 4,900ft runway airport. It’s the only airport actually located in London. It specialises in handling business aviation and leisure flights and is the closest private jet airport to London.

Only certain aircraft are allowed to land here due to its steep approach (5.5 degrees), special aircraft and crew that are certified are allowed to conduct operations at London City Airport. Its operating hours are 06.30 to 22.30 Mon – Fri, 06.30 to 13.00 on Saturdays and 12.30 to 22.30 on Sundays. These restrictions are related to noise.

RAF Northolt (EGWU)

Well known to most people as RAF Northolt, it operates private jet charters and Military movements. RAF Northolt is based around West London and is a prime location for access to venues in North London such as Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

The airport is located just 13 miles from Central London, Kensington, Westminster and Marble Arch.  The runway is ideal for all corporate aircraft, up to and including Boeing and Airbus Business Jets with a maximum capacity of 29 seats (excluding single engine aircraft). Helicopters are also accepted.

RAF Northolt is conveniently located on the A40, just inside the M25 motorway. It is only 30 minutes by road from West London depending on traffic. Fast access to the M25 motorway provides an excellent link to all major roads and motorways out of London.

London Luton (EGGW)

is the busiest private jet airport in the UK, located about 48km north of London. It has a single runway 7,087 ft and has a regular passenger terminal as well as a private terminal. Slots are required and its hours of operation varies depending on time, weight and noise restrictions.


London Biggin Hill (EGKB)

is located on the southern edge of the city. It specialises in general aviation handling executive jets. There are two runways which measure 5,912 ft and 2,598 ft, a terminal for passengers with a licensed bar and customs and immigration facilities. No slots are required and its hours of operation are restricted by time noise and weight of the aircraft.

London Oxford Airport (EGTK) 

is the region’s primary general and business aviation airport and historically one of the busiest. Located between London Heathrow and Birmingham, Oxford lies 40 miles to the north-west of the Greater London area. It’s hours of operation are 06.00 to 22.30 seven days a week.

It has a dedicated business aviation terminal and is also approved for the importation of domestic pets (cats, dogs, ferrets) under the DEFRA/ Animal Health Scheme.

London Heathrow Airport (EGLL)

is the largest airport and one of the busiest in Europe. Located about 24 km from Central London, there are two main runways measuring 12,798 ft and 12,080 ft running east and west and five terminals. Slots are required to land and its hours of operations vary throughout the week (restrictions) noise, weight etc. Heathrow is generally avoided primarily because of the high landing charges and slots are hard to come by.

London Gatwick (EGKK)

is the second largest and busiest airport in the UK.  Located in Crawley, West Sussex, about 46 km south of London. There are two terminals, each with a wide range of services for passengers. Gatwick again is a busy airport meaning that private jets will not be the main focus of the airport. Gatwick should be avoided unless you have a connecting flight say to the Caribbean or Far East Asia for instance.

London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

is located in Essex about 48km from London. The third busiest airport in London; fourth – busiest in the UK. It has one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and a terminal for private jets. It is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year with night quota restrictions applying during period 23.30 – 06.00. It has one runway 3048m in length. Stansted is a great alternative to Luton, it’s about the same distance to London and caters to private jets very well. It’s becoming more popular with operators and travellers.

Blackbushe Airport (EGLK)

is a small private jet airport close to Reading. It has one runway that is 4,380 ft, no slots are required and it’s open from 08.00 – 18.00

Farnborough Airport(EGLF)

located in Hampshire and is generally regarded as the best general aviation airport, specifically built for business aviation. It’s hours of operation are multi (weight, noise and time restrictions) 07.00 – 22.00 Mon – Fri Weekends and Bank Holidays 08.00 – 22.00 L and is closed 25th/26th December, no slots are required to land. Closest city is Aldershot and it has one runway measuring 8,005 ft.


Which Airport?

Depending on your reason for flying into London, this will determine which airport is best for you to land at. London Luton is the favourite or should I say most popular, whereas London Gatwick and Heathrow are not a favourite for business travellers.

If you want to fly direct to the heart of the city then London City is your best option but be prepared to pay higher fees. Farnborough is our favourite business aviation airport due to its location and futuristic design. Whichever you choose, you will be guaranteed a speedy and personal service.

To book your private jet or helicopter charter from any of these airports please call +44 (0)161 436 0124 or email


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