UNITED KINGDOM | London (Stansted)
London-Stansted International Airport
An FBO and European Operations Centre at London-Stansted Airport, offering 24/7 flight planning and permit support for trips throughout the U.K. and Europe
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Welcome to the U.K.
My team and I are proud to represent Universal Aviation United Kingdom – London-Stansted, which is home to our European Operations Centre (EOC) and one of the most well-connected airports in Europe.
I have great pleasure announcing that our new state-of-the-art facilities are now open, and I hope they will make your journey through Stansted a memorable one. Amenities at your disposal include separate departure and arrival lounges, crew lounge, a crew business centre, and meeting rooms. Technical innovations such as smart TVs have also been incorporated into the building.
At Stansted, we recognize that no two customers are the same, and we take a team approach to getting the job done. We offer a fast and stress-free turnaround and excellent ground handling and concierge services. I believe that attention to detail is key to maintaining our high standards.
Our ramp staff are NATA Safety 1st® trained. With onsite facilities, 24/7 flight planning, and trip-support expertise at the EOC, we are perfectly equipped to be your gateway to London and Europe.
We look forward to welcoming you on your next trip.
Universal Aviation, U.K.
Four different ways we can take care of your
ground support and flight planning needs throughout the U.K. and Europe
- We operate an FBO at EGSS.
- We can provide flight planning and permit arrangements for trips throughout Europe.
- We can send our ground handling agents to meet you at any destination within the U.K.
- We can coordinate ground support for any location within the U.K.
Ground support capabilities
|Customs and immigration?||Yes|
|UVair® contract fuel available?||Yes|
|Limousine service and car rental?||Yes|
|Crew accommodation arrangements?||Yes|
|Maintenance?||Yes – by arrangement|
|Direct ramp access?||Yes|
|Computerized worldwide weather briefings?||Yes|
|Additional capabilities||Recently renovated FBO (Summer 2012); Meeting rooms with smart TVs and videoconferencing capability; WiFi and multi-national wall sockets; Security screening|
|ACAS/TCAS II:||Required for turbine engine aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight exceeding 15,000 kilograms or more than 30 pax seats|
|ICAO Annex 16, Chapter II:||Stage 2 aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight exceeding 34,000 kilograms are not allowed. Exemptions may be issued in exceptional circumstances for heads of state, emergency and medical flights.|
|RNP 5/RNP 10 airspace:||Yes|
|8.33 MHz channel spacing:||Required|
|Airport fire protection category:||EGSS: 8 (civil); EGSS: 7 (military)|
From London, head north on M11. At exit 8A, keep left onto the ramp towards A120/Stansted Airport/Colchester. Keep left and take the first slip road on the left – long-stay car park/Hilton Hotel/RVP. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Round Coppice Road towards Parking Long Stay/Airport North/Hilton Hotel business park. Turn right (northeast) onto First Avenue then towards Business Aviation Centre. Take the third road on the right – Ninth Avenue – and continue towards the security gate. On the left is Building 130, Universal (CM24 1QH).
Facility contact information
Essex CM24 1QH
|Hours of operation||0700 – 2200 (24 hours on request)|
|VIP passenger lounge?||Yes|
|VIP crew lounge?||Yes – plus a crew business center|
|Digital newspapers||Yes – 1,942 titles from 97 countries in 57 languages available|
|Hangarage?||Yes – can be arranged|
|VIP catering?||Yes – Download catering menu|
At Universal Aviation U.K. – London-Stansted, we are delighted to announce the expansion of our ground support capabilities at London-Luton Airport. As such, it is with great pleasure that I introduce Chico Butler, our newly appointed Senior Universal Aviation Representative – U.K.
With nearly two decades of business aviation experience in London and the U.K., Chico brings a wealth of expertise to the operational support we offer at congested destinations such as London-Luton. Chico has strong relationships with airport authorities and third-party providers, allowing him to successfully manage issues which may occur on the ground, and facilitate any of your last-minute requests.
With Chico’s support at London-Luton, you can look forward to service which exceeds your expectations including:
- Personalised attention and on-site coordination for all of your operational needs.
- Quality control of all third-party services well in advance of your scheduled arrival/departure time to help ensure a seamless experience on the ground.
- Management of any special or last-minute requests from your crew or passengers.
- A dedicated Universal® person to accompany you on the ground who can fully leverage the global resources of Universal if any unforeseen events should occur.
For any questions you have about operating into either London-Luton or other U.K. destinations, please contact the U.K. operations team on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 1279 680 349.
We look forward to welcoming you on your next trip to the U.K.
Managing Director U.K. and Ireland
Universal Aviation – worldwide ground support
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