New Heliport Apron And Markings Unveiled
31 March, 2014
There will shortly be some major changes for pilots at the Heliport. As from the 15th April the apron will be remarked with new stands, the Runway designators will change to 02/20 and the ‘H’ will rotate 90 degrees to align with the direction of landing.
For further information please see our Notice to Operators Notice to Operators – London Heliport new apron layout
Movements On The Increase At The Barclays London Heliport
27 September, 2013
The Barclays London Heliport in Battersea, exhibiting at Europe’s premier helicopter show for the first time, reports a notable pick up in movements this summer compared with 2012. London’s only CAA commercially licensed heliport achieved a 41% increase from 1st August to 19th September compared with the same period in 2012 – and representing the best August since 2009. Activity has been buoyed by the arrival of London Helicopter Tours (www.thelondonhelicopter.com), now resident at the Heliport and running on demand pleasure flights over London, together with expanded activity by a much wider variety of private helicopter owners and commercial operators including Starspeed, Atlas, Capital Air Services and Castle Air.
Launched in May 2013, London Helicopter Tours became the first London-based helicopter sightseeing service offering passengers the opportunity to pre-book individual seats online. Passengers can search availability, pre-book seats, pay and check-in, all in one easy transaction, just like the airlines. Regular sightseeing flights from the Barclays London Heliport, take in some of the capital’s most historic landmarks offering a unique experience and unrivalled convenience for passengers.
Barclays London Heliport is now offering a separate entrance to board and welcome leisure flights while continuing to meet business and VIP customers’ needs for discretion, quick turnarounds, quality and the ability to swiftly handle short notice requests.
It is also now running its own inhouse helicopter charter brokerage headed by Gerald Wellesleycharter@londonheliport.co.uk to better manage day to day enquiries, enabling the heliport to offer a swift and reliable response to charter enquiries.
London’s only licensed downtown heliport, the Barclays London Heliport, is jointly owned and operated with London Oxford Airport and continues to offer incentives for aircraft using both. Visiting jets met by a helicopter destined for, or originating from the Heliport, benefit from a reduction of 50% of the normal landing fee at Oxford (25% if under 15 tonnes), whilst the helicopter pays nothing at Oxford and just 50% of the associated landing fee at the heliport. For owners of both jets and helicopters accessing London, there are also special rates for combined residency packages available from the Barclays London Heliport and LondonOxfordAirport.
New Helicopter Sightseeing Service Launches From Barclays London Heliport The UK's First Online 'Seat Only' Helicopter Charter Service
01 May, 2013
The UK’s first public helicopter service to sell individual seats online launches in May when The London Helicopter introduces regular sightseeing charter flights from The Barclays London Heliport in Battersea. This innovative offering requires passengers to pre-book individual seats for helicopter sightseeing trips at over the Capital, taking off from London’s only commercially licensed Heliport.
The new London service will bring unrivalled convenience to what is a breathtaking experience.
The London Helicopter’s unique real-time booking system, allows customers to search availability [up to 12 months in advance], make reservations, pay and check-in, all in one easy transaction, just like making an airline booking. Prices per person for this unique experience start from £199 and complement similar services offered from the company’s Redhill, UK base.
The helicopter route over London follows The River Thames from Putney in the West to Greenwich in the East, climbing to 1,000ft above the City’s stunning skyline. During your flight passengers will get to see some of the capital’s most historic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and new attractions like The Shard. Famous sporting venues including Wembley, The Emirates and the Olympic Stadium are also visible from the route. Flights from the Barclays London Heliport which will be operated by a variety of helicopters in the company’s fleet, will last for approximately 20 minutes.
Passengers are welcomed at The London Helicopter’s terminal of the Barclays London Heliport by experienced and attentive staff, who will provide a full pre-flight safety and security briefing. The London Helicopter is fully licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA AOC No 2250).
Chris Mann, MD of The London Helicopter says: “We’re thrilled to be launching the first London based helicopter sightseeing service from London’s only Heliport. Joining the likes of New York, Las Vegas and Cape Town makes us enormously proud.”
Simon Hutchins, Manager of the Barclays London Heliport says: “We are very excited that The London Helicopter will operate these tours and attract a new profile of customers to the Barclays London Heliport. We believe that this one of a kind venture will be successful and can mirror the experiences available at other great cities in the world.”
Barclays London Heliport Welcomes Launch Of The Children's Air Ambulance With Simon Le Bon
09 November, 2012
Source: BlueSky – The Barclays London Heliport was delighted to welcome the launch of The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) last week when Sloane Helicopters flew in their special liveried and dedicated AgustaWestland AW109S helicopter carrying Alex Toft, Director of Operations and Clinical Services of The Air Ambulance Service and TCAA ambassador Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon.
Simon Hutchins, Manager of the Reuben Brothers-owned Barclays London Heliport greeted the guests when the helicopter landed from Coventry Airport, the operations base of theTCAA. Applauding the initiative, The Reuben Foundation has pledged its support to The Children’s Air Ambulance, commenting: “We recognise the crucial service provided by The Children’s Air Ambulance across London and the UK and are pleased to give our support and welcome them to The Barclays London Heliport.”
TCAA will transfer critically ill children from general hospitals to Paediatric Intensive Care Units across England and Wales, or help move specialist paediatric teams to enable children to receive the lifesaving, specialist treatment and care that they need as soon as possible, cutting transfer times.
Commenting on the launch, Alex Toft said: “It was a hugely exciting day for us. After months of planning, we’re now entering a two month phase of training and fundraising – our crew will be visiting five children’s transfer groups across the UK for familiarisation purposes – before beginning to undertake missions in early 2013.”
Simon Le Bon commented: “The Children’s Air Ambulance is a fantastic new service that is desperately needed throughout the UK. Each year, thousands of seriously ill children need urgent care at specialist hospitals. This service relies completely on charitable donations from the general public. It is my intention to do all I can to raise the profile of TCAA and to help raise the money that is so crucial to keeping the service running.”
The service needs a further £545,000 to begin delivering a lifesaving service to critically ill babies and children in England and Wales, with a further £134,000 required per month to maintain the service. The organisation is funded solely through the generous donations received from the public and vital support from corporate sponsors – without any Government or National Lottery funding.
For more information please visit the website www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk
First Class Cars Expand London Presence With New Base At Barclays London Heliport
30 July 2012
Source: Press Release – Effective immediately, leading executive ground transportation firm First Class Cars, is expanding its central London presence with a new base at Barclays London Heliport in Battersea. First Class Cars is a popular and regular sight at the FBOs around the UK and as Barclays London Heliport looks forward to a busy summer with increased traffic owing to the Games, the addition of a preferred chauffeur company, complementing the Heliport’s partnerships with boat companies for convenient river access means that its surface transportation options are complete.
“First Class Cars is a long established, reliable and trusted name in the business aviation fraternity and we are very pleased to welcome them at Barclays London heliport,” said Business Development Director James Dillon-Godfray.
First Class Cars drivers are all uniformed with tailored suits, each furnished with full knowledge of client destination, and the option to change routes as required. In 14 years the company has grown from a fleet of one vehicle originally driven by Managing Director Graham Coate to a sizeable one employing knowledgeable, smart and customer focused drivers and a 37-strong fleet of sleek black premium vehicles, including the S-class Mercedes saloon, Mercedes Viano, Bentley Continental Flying Spur plus the very popular Rolls Royce Phantom.
Headquartered at London Luton Airport, First Class Cars is also present at London Stansted and London Heathrow and in May opened an office at Farnborough Airport. It is also a regular at Cambridge and London Biggin Hill Airports.
Barclays London Heliport is the only heliport in London open for traffic during the Olympics. Opening hours are 0700 to 11 pm. The heliport is owned by The Reuben Brothers, who also own London Oxford Airport.
New Owners of Barclays London Heliport Announce Pricing Incentives To Bolster Helicopter Use
25 June 2012
Source: Press Release – A new pricing scheme to stimulate renewed interest amongst operators and owners of single-engine executive helicopters to use London’s only commercially-licensed heliport, is being announced today, 25th June, ahead of this summer’s Olympics in July. The Reuben Brothers, who already own London Oxford Airport, purchased the heliport in Battersea four months ago. Today, management of the Barclays London Heliport* confirmed that landing fees for lighter single-engine helicopters, including types such as the Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Eurocopter AS350, will be reduced by up to 20%. The move is a rational approach designed to invigorate renewed use and promote access to central London from such a strong location.
Furthermore, in a bid to encourage synergy with London Oxford Airport, a 22-minute flight away by helicopter, the management team highlighted the introduction of some attractive price incentives to encourage operators to interline jets and helicopters at the two ports. Effective this month, any visiting jets at London Oxford Airport connecting with heliport-originating or destined helicopters, will now qualify for a 50% reduction in landing fees for a business jet of 15 tonnes or more. Helicopters interlining with a jet at Oxford will also receive a free landing. There will be a 25% reduction for jets under 15 tonnes. The associated helicopter will also qualify for a 50% reduction in the associated landing fee at the Heliport- a deal which can represent a saving of up to £1,000 per trip.
“Now owned by an airport operator, rather than an aircraft charter and management company, we are pleased to say that there is no longer any perceived conflict of interest from helicopter operators within the industry,” said London Oxford Airport Managing Director Chris Orphanou. This is reflected in a clear shift of activity amongst the charter operators. Harrods Aviation, with a 12% share of movements since the acquisition, is now the lead operator. PremiAir, the Heliport’s previous owners, accounted for a 23% share movements over the same period in 2011.
Big focus on the Olympics
The Barclays London Heliport is in a strong position this summer owing to its unique position as the only aviation hub in central London (aside from London City Airport) with an exemption to the No Fly Zone during the Games. Public service flights – police, medevac and air ambulance – will be unaffected and operating hours are unchanged at 0700 to 2300, seven days a week.
“A growing number of bookings are being logged for the Olympics period and now we are urging both operators and charter brokers to hurry and confirm their slots before 1 July and log details of tail numbers in order to be included in our security database,” said Barclays London Heliport General Manager Simon Hutchins. During the period of the Olympics there will be no holding on the heli-routes, helicopters will just move straight in and straight out,” he stressed. “There will be no helicopter access beyond Battersea Bridge or down the Thames and non-compliance could remove special exemption rights for on-going use of the Heliport,” he warned.
There may also be a possible temporary closure of airspace or helicopter routes at little or no notice at any given time – for example during the Opening and Closing ceremonies. A new Local Flying Area (LFA) trial is currently being evaluated to the south which may provide an alternative southern departure option relieving some locals of related noise issues. This will conclude on 30th June whereupon a decision will be made whether or not to adopt this access zone option.
Innovative river transport solutions to the Olympic Park
Just as they have consistently invested at London Oxford Airport to improve operations and infrastructure (the airport now handles 6,000 business aviation movements a year and is home to over 30 business jets and 25 tenant companies), so the Reuben Brothers are committed to improving accessibility at the Barclays London Heliport and maximising the use of the river for complementary transport. Plans are being explored for a new pier at the heliport site, said James Dillon-Godfray, who has expanded his business development role at Oxford Airport with that of the Heliport.
For the period of the Games the Heliport will be working with and actively promoting arrangements with Diplomat Cruises and London Rib Voyages to offer clients a unique ‘Pad to Park’ experience. Innovative river transport to the Olympic Park via Limehouse Marina is offered aboard an eight-seat VIP configured 37ft Sunseeker Superhawk Shaken not Stirred, as featured in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. In addition a 36ft 12-seat enclosed VIP high speed RIB, Chelsea Flyer will be available. Full corporate hospitality packages are now available for clients who want to enjoy a memorable and special experience when they travel to the Games in East London, having of course flown into the Heliport.
A unique asset and synergy with horseracing interests
The Reuben Brothers were attracted to London’s only licensed heliport because it is a unique asset and iconic site, which fits with their investment portfolio. It has been in existence for more than 50 years, but in 2010 the Heliport was transformed with massive refurbishment, a new terminal, control tower, new meetings and conference facilities and an adjacent five star luxury hotel.
Helicopters are valuable time machines for clients travelling on business, but there is also a keen and growing interest for helicopter use for leisure and corporate hospitality. The Reubens’ interests give them approximately 40% ownership in the UK racecourse market. Last week saw a 50% increase in movements on Royal Ascot Ladies Day over last year, whilst advanced bookings for the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix have more than doubled over 2011 figures.
The Barclays London Heliport provides unique accessibility for Londoners to leading Reubens-owned race courses – the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, the Northumberland Plate Festival, Fighting Fifth at Newcastle, the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park, the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, the Welsh Grand National and Silver Trophy Hurdle at Chepstow.
*A partnership was forged with Barclays in May 2011 for the newly named The Barclays London Heliport under a multi-year branding and naming rights deal. The new VIP lounge at the Heliport is now known as the Barclays VIP lounge.
London Heliport in Battersea, just south of Chelsea Wharf & Harbour is the only CAA approved heliport in the Capital with approval to handle 12,000 take offs and landings per year. It has been in operation since 1959, providing essential service to the business community and emergency services, such as the Air Ambulance (HEMS) and Police Air Support units. Located on the River Thames between Battersea and Wandsworth bridges, the heliport caters for both business and leisure customers requiring fast access in and out of the City.
The Reuben Brothers purchased The London Heliport in February 2012. Their investment activities include; real estate, natural resources, aviation, technology media and telecoms, leisure and racing.
Barclays London Heliport Takes Record Bookings Ahead of British Grand Prix
22 May 2012
Source: Press Release – With six weeks still to go before the 2012 British Grand Prix, The Barclays London Heliport is anticipating its busiest weekend of the year to date, having confirmed record bookings for the forthcoming Formula 1 Santander Grand Prix at Silverstone. Bookings from City-based corporates and private individuals ahead of the July 6-8th weekend are up on previous years with just a few slots remaining for the three days.
Simon Hutchins, Heliport Manager, said: “We have already confirmed more slots for the Grand Prix than in the last four years. Bookings are up 100% and counting on last year’s event and we expect the remaining few slots to sell well in advance of the event. The slot allocation for Sunday (race day itself) is almost fully utilized and Saturday is heading towards maximum capacity too.
“Approximately 15% of all the Heliport’s bookings are connecting passengers who arrive into the UK at the London airports. But we are also seeing an increase in the number of London-based businesses and residents who are keen to take advantage of the quickest way to get to Silverstone. With the 2012 London Olympics following hot on the heels of Silverstone, we’re certainly in for a record-breaking summer.”
Interest in Formula One has reached new heights in the UK with the British Grand Prix boasting a heady mix of power, passion, glamour and drama. And this year there’s every chance it’ll be a Brit toasting their success on the podium with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta all competing for success on home turf.
“Travelling by helicopter to what is one of the highlights of the Season is the ultimate way to experience Silverstone,” confirmed Simon Hutchins. “It takes just 25 minutes to fly from The London Heliport, located in Battersea just south of Chelsea Wharf & Harbour, to the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire and passengers are guaranteed no traffic queues, no hassle and no more stylish way to experience the exhilarating atmosphere of Formula 1.”
Record bookings for the Silverstone British Grand Prix represent a strong start for the new shareholders of The Barclays London Heliport, which, together with London Oxford Airport, are now under the single ownership of the Reuben Brothers, following their acquisition of The Heliport at the end of February. Barclays lead sponsorship of The London Heliport dates from May 2011.
Brothers Land Heliport To The Stars
24 February 2012
Source: The Times – A heliport in London that has been graced by the likes of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, Jackie Onassis, Steve McQueen and Ken Livingstone has been acquired by the billionaire Reuben brothers.
David and Simon Reuben, who in January agreed a £200 million takeover of the racecourse operator Arena Leisure, are buying London Heliport in Battersea from Andrew Davis, the controversial founder of Von Essen Hotels.
Their Aldersgate Investments vehicle is understood to have secured a deal in the face of competition from Mark Coombs, the chief executive of Ashmore Group, the fund manager, and a consortium led by the Matrix investment group.
The brothers already own London Oxford airport, which is just over 20 minutes away by helicopter.
London Heliport is allowed to handle up to 12,000 landings and take-offs a year, with users being charged between £750 and £1,000 per movement. It also provides parking and refuelling services.
It is the only commercial heliport in the capital that is licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and is used by the air ambulance and police air support units. It also has an exemption to the no-fly zone during the Olympics, with numerous dignitaries and other VIPs expected to use London Heliport to attend the Games.
One of the heliport’s biggest customers is PremiAir Aviation, which is still controlled by Mr Davis.
The sale represents a further unravelling of the business empire built up by Mr Davis over the past 20 years. His Von Essen Hotels chain collapsed into administration last year owing the banks £300 million and the majority of the properties have now been sold off.
Mr Davis paid an estimated £50 million for the heliport in 2007 with debt funding from Lloyds although that included a development site for a hotel, which opened in 2010. The Hotel Verta went into administration shortly after Von Essen and was sold in December for less than £20 million.
Separately, The Times understands that the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, one of Von Essen’s top hotels, with a guide price of £22.5 million, is close to being sold to Topland, the property vehicle of Eddie and Sol Zakay.
Topland, which owns the Brighton Metropole, the Glasgow Hilton and five Thistle hotels, stepped in when a sale to the Livingstone brothers fell through. The group, which declined to comment, is believed to be paying about £18 million and to be planning a multimillion-pound restoration.
Note: The Reuben Brothers purchased The London Heliport in February 2012, for £35million.
Reubens In Swoop On Battersea Heliport
24 February 2012
Source: The Independent – The Reuben brothers, who amassed a £6bn fortune through property and internet interests, have bought London’s only licensed commercial heliport.
David and Simon Reuben bought Battersea’s heliport from Andrew Davis, former chief executive of the Von Essen hotels group which has collapsed into administration. Mr Davis bought the heliport through the separate Von Essen Aviation company for £50m in 2007.
The heliport opened in 1959 on the south bank of the Thames and now handles 1,000 flights a month. It was recently overhauled with a new terminal and VIP lounge. It should see brisk business this summer as it is excluded from the no-fly zone over the capital for the Olympics.
The Reubens fought off bidders including Joe Bamford, owner of the digger manufacturing giant JCB, and Mohammed Al Fayed, former owner of Harrods.
Last year the Reubens bought the former home of the In and Out Club in Piccadilly for £130m. Their aviation interests include London Oxford airport.
Note: The Reuben Brothers purchased The London Heliport in February 2012, for £35million.