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TAG Farnborough gets the go-ahead from UK Government …

Friday, February 11th, 2011

TAG Farnborough has won its protracted and acrimonious battle with the local community to double the number of aircraft movements at the UK’s only dedicated business aviation airport following the UK government’s decision to approve the plans.

TAG has fought for more than a year to overturn Rushmoor Borough Council’s decision to reject the airport’s application for an annual movement hike from 28,000 to 50,000 movements by 2019. The council says it reached this verdict based on a possible increase in noise levels and safety concerns from residents. 

The government’s decision to uphold TAG’s appeal “means that Farnborough can meet more of the growing demand for business aviation which facilitates overseas trade, inward investment and generates local jobs,” says the airport. “We are taking an industry leading stance on noise mitigation and climate change and will continue to engage with the local community to tackle important environmental issues,” it continues.

Swiss-owned TAG Farnborough has seen business aircraft movements at Farnborough soar from 16,100 in 2003 – its first full year of operation at the site – to more than 25,500 in 2008. TAG Aviation has invested around £100 million ($148 million) upgrading the airport since it became leaseholder of the site – home to the biennial Farnborough air show – in 2001.