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Runway 01/19: 5095ft (1553m) x (98.4ft (30m) – w/clear & stop-ways - NEW
4329ft (1319m) – TORA/ASDA/TODA/LDA
Code 2C – max declared distance allowable is 1319m in spite of physical runway length (1553m)
Runway Surface: The new runway 01/19, is fully grooved and gently cambered from the centre to the edges, providing far better water dispersal and a higher friction surface. In accordance with CAA CAP 683 [2] the average friction level is well above the Design Objective Level. Under JAR OPS 1, Subpart F, 1.480(a)(4) runway 01/19 can be deemed ‘effectively dry’ even when moisture is present. Accordingly airfield performance for public transport operations is significantly enhanced.


During 2007, Oxford Airport replaced its 33 year old main runway with a much stronger and wider surface and has installed an instrument landing system (ILS) permitting all weather, year-round, safer approaches. The new 1553m (5095ft) by 30m Marshall asphalt runway is fully grooved for enhanced friction characteristics in the wet and is essentially much the same as that found at London City Airport (LCY) as a Code 2C runway, permitting access for a variety of regional airline types including the popular Dash-8, ATR and BAe 146 aircraft and the larger business jet models such as the Gulfstream V/550 and Global Express. Built by Associated Asphalt, the runway incorporated the very latest design methodology sanctioned by the UK’s CAA. Oxford’s enhanced infrastructure with higher fire category and security screening capabilities will permit public transport operations for such types hereon. Planning permission for the new infrastructure was granted in June 2006.

These improvements will have a direct benefit for business aviation operations in particular, both private and public transport, but will now allow for the operation of common regional turboprop types, either on scheduled or ad-hoc chartered routes. The ILS will also permit much safer approaches, whilst being of great benefit to Oxford’s significant pilot training operations. This multimillion pound investment was the single largest infrastructure project on the airfield since the Second World War.

Steve Jones, Managing Director of Oxford Airport and CSE Aviation noted, “the airport hasn’t seen this level of investment since the 1940s. We’re in a great location and have unique advantages in terms of flexibility and ease of access, and with very few constraints on capacity or hours of operation, we’re making the most of what this airport can offer to the business and regional aviation community”. Oxford has the flexibility to allow access between 06:00hrs and midnight, seven days a week, whilst being used to handling several hundred movements a day, having once been the busiest single runway operation in the UK, indeed in Europe. Movements today are down to 50,000 a year but Oxford is permitted up to 160,000.

Oxford has gradually become recognised as a viable, lower-cost alternative to some of the established ‘London’ business aviation hubs. Although centred between the UK’s industrial hub of the Midlands and London, with the statistically less congested M40 motorway as Oxford’s arterial route to the capital, travel times to the west end of London are often little more than those from the more traditional choices for London business aviation traffic. Indeed traffic levels on the M1 to Luton are 120% greater than those on the M40 to Oxford whilst Farnborough sees 70% more traffic on the M3 from London.

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London Oxford Airport
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Tel: +44 (0)1865 290 600 / 710

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