Surrey is located between two major international airports. Heathrow is situated immediately across the county boundary to the north in the London Borough of Hillingdon and Gatwick lies just to the south in West Sussex.
There are also a number of general aviation airfields situated in and around the county. Fairoaks Airport and Redhill Aerodrome remain the only two operational airfields inside Surrey. Other general aviation facilities lie just beyond the county boundary and include Biggin Hill Airport in the London Borough of Bromley and Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. Further information about each of these airports can be found below.
The Heathrow Airport website includes links to information on Community Matters; Heathrow Lowdown; Corporate Responsibility; Media Centre; Airport Expansion (including the Heathrow Airport Interim Master Plan); and a wide range of other Publications including updates on the development of Heathrow Terminal 5 and a number of Environmental Strategies.
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The Gatwick Airport website includes links to information on Community Matters; Gatwick Lowdown; Corporate Responsibility; Media Centre; Airport Expansion (including the Gatwick Airport Outline Master Plan); and a wide range of other Publications including the Sustainable Development Strategy (July 2000) and Surface Access Strategy.
Gatwick Airport Community Trust is an independent charity set up to support deserving projects in communities affected by the future growth of the airport. As part of the Section 106 legal agreement that was signed in 2001 to support the growth of the airport to 40 million passengers per annum, every year up until March 2009, BAA Gatwick are required to pay £100,000 , index-linked, into the trust, and applications for grants for worthwhile projects are then assessed by a board of trustees.
Fairoaks Airport is located north of Woking and comprises a general aviation airfield with a tarmac runway. The airport accommodates small business aircraft and carries out circuit training. The airport is home to a number of businesses and provides a place of work for over 350 people. Since 1994, the Surrey Police helicopter has operated out of Fairoaks. There are no restrictions on the number of helicopter movements, although fixed wing movements are limited to 120,000 per annum.
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The Aerodrome is located approximately 5 miles north of Gatwick Airport and consists of three grass runways. Redhill caters for fixed wing and rotary wing flying, and accommodates a number of flying schools. There are no restrictions on the number of aircraft movements.
Biggin Hill Airport
Biggin Hill Airport is located close to the county boundary in the London Borough of Bromley. It has three runways and provides for training flights, commercial, business and general aviation. The airport has a limit of 125,000 aircraft movements per annum.
Farnborough Airport is located in Hampshire close to the county boundary. The Ministry of Defence has leased the aerodrome to TAG Farnborough Airport Limited for the continuation of business flying. In October 2000, Rushmoor Borough Council granted planning permission for the continuation of flying from Farnborough, setting a limit of 28,000 aircraft movements per annum. TAG have invested significantly in upgrading the infrastructure on the aerodrome to provide a facility dedicated exclusively to business aviation.