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Date posted: 15-08-2018
Following 15 years in British Colombia, Canada, Graham and Susan Underwood transited through London Biggin Hill with their 11 dogs and four cats, to relocate to Cornwall.
The first UK business aviation airport to offer a dedicated animal handling service, which has grown substantially since its 2003 launch, London Biggin Hill’s SkyPets gives DEFRA-approved charter operators the option to fly owners and their pets directly to the Capital.
Sally Powell, FBO Manager at London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “As movements continue to rise at the airport, so too does the use of our facilities, including SkyPets. On average, 2,000 animals pass through London Biggin Hill each year and these numbers continue to rise.
“We have a fantastic team and we’re delighted to be able to support people who want to move their beloved pets, whether bringing them on holiday or relocating them. Welcoming 11 dogs and four cats in a single flight is an unusual request, but testament to our team’s ability that they can be cleared with minimum disruption to their and their owners’ onward journey.”
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About London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.
A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.
Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.
There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.
Established in 2003, the SkyPets team is specially trained to handle all dogs, cats and ferrets that pass through the airport. Upon an aircraft’s arrival, a member of the team will be the first on board to check the pet’s passport and read its micro-chip in the presence of its owner. Once cleared, the pet is free to disembark with its owner to continue their onward journey.