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​MEBAA: Farnborough sees Middle East traffic rise

The Middle East is a key market for TAG Farnborough Airport as it enjoys a growth spurt, partly due to a rise in large-cabin business jets which are popular in the region.

Dubbing itself as the UK’s only dedicated business-aviation airport and a key London gateway, Farnborough is exhibiting at MEBAA and says traffic from the Middle East increased by 7.8% this year.

The UK airport located southwest of London has seen a 1.5% rise in movements so far this year, including a 7.4% increase in the number of airliner-derived business jets.

“A significant portion of our traffic is Middle East customers,” says Farnborough chief executive Brandon O’Reilly. “Much of this traffic from the Middle East is large cabin aircraft, along with flights from the USA.”

Farnborough has spent an additional £1 million ($1.3 million) to develop greater space at its terminal building with a new 80-passenger lounge. The airport has also expanded its crew facilities with a quiet lounge and “snooze” room along with a gymnasium and showers.

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