Simple Flying - Jake Hardiman

The facility did recently see a visit from a European flag carrier, but only on a charter basis.

When you think of London's airports, six will generally spring to mind. City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southend, and Stansted all serve the British capital with commercial flights. However, another British airport also features the 'London' prefix. London Oxford Airport is situated just outside the famous university city, but has not enjoyed such commercial success.

The airport's runway 01/19 is around 1,550 meters (5,100 feet) long, and has an asphalt surface. British entrepreneurs David and Simon Reuben purchased the facility in 2007. Under the ownership of these property investors, who The Times named as Britain's second richest family in May 2020, the airport began to take a more commercially-focused approach.

The fact that no airline has been able to sustain a service at Oxford hints at a bigger problem for the airport. Its limited size means that it can only cater to regional destinations, and ground transport at the airport is also minimal.

Furthermore, Oxford is well within the catchment area for the much larger and more-established Birmingham and London Heathrow Airports, both of which have served the same destinations as those targeted by Oxford. As such, there is little to persuade passengers in the area to fly from their local regional airport.

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