Aircraft landing fees are being introduced at North Weald Airfield to bring it in line with similar facilities in the UK.
Fees for visiting aircraft and helicopters
Agreement to charge fees for visiting aircraft/helicopters, ranging from £12 to £60 plus, depending on the type and size of the aircraft, was made at this week’s Cabinet meeting.
Based on current usage around £24,000 could be collected in fees.
It is normal practice in aviation that aircraft pay a landing fee as a contribution to the running of the airfield and ongoing maintenance facilities, but that has never been the case at North Weald.
While home-based users pay for a runway licence with a specified number of annual movements, visiting aircraft have been able to land, free of charge.
The new system means that home-based owners will be able to ‘buy’ more movements if required while visiting aircraft will pay to land, in line with almost every other airfield/airport worldwide.
Charges come into force from November.
Cllr Holly Whitbread welcomed the move saying it would increase the viability of the airfield and Cllr John Phillip added that it would put the operation of the airfield on a proper commercial basis.
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