Cambridge Airport (CBG/EGSC)

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Classic Cambridge: The university is the city's heartbeat, driving world-leading innovation – inventions like IVF, and the discovery of DNA. Marshall Aerospace operates the airport – recent on-site work includes flight trials of the TP400 engine for Airbus' A400M military transporter.

Cambridge has the highest level of cycle use in the UK, with almost 25% of residents commuting to work by bicycle. With the train journey to Central London taking only 50 minutes and no capacity constraints, Cambridge Airport is a strong alternative for London flights.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Cambridge is in the UKs top 5 international tourist destinations and offers world famous destination appeal to inbound markets with good hotel and attraction infrastructure, access to all of East England and to London by train in just 45 minutes
  • Economically, Cambridge is identified as the UKs fastest growing city including both domestic and international net inward migration of skilled labour – offers the highest % further educated population base of 46% degree qualified and is home to 6% of all UK based venture capital backed development businesses
  • Population growth is among the highest in the UK and includes the best quality new workforce and an average travel rate of 11 x annual trips for Cambridge based individuals
  • Consistently ranked in the top 5 world universities, Cambridge City is home to two universities and offers an academic and intelligence-based growth pole that is UK and internationally acclaimed, attracting multinational businesses to not less than five science, research and high tech business parks known as “Silicon Fen”
  • Cambridge features an unusually large US population base with two of the largest US airbases located just 15 and 25 minutes respectively from CBG – a market of approx 20,000 American and other international residents, workers and families
  • Major world headquarters and global companies are locating in Cambridge – Find out why

Cambridge has the highest level of cycle use in the UK, with almost 25% of residents commuting to work by bicycle. With the train journey to Central London taking only 50 minutes and no capacity constraints, Cambridge Airport is a strong alternative for London flights.

Marketing and other support

  • Business case specific landing and handling propositions are available to airlines and tour operators
  • An attractive marketing and communications package and resource base are available to partner airlines and tour operators
  • A dedicated team is in place to work on Route Development and business growth
  • CBG will deliver in conjunction with associated bodies, compelling proposals to potential partners where market and destination synergies are identified


Globally recognised winners: The catchment is very mobile, very international and demonstrates a very high propensity to travel, many times per year.

Catchment Area

  • 30 min catchment area (1.5 million)
    Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Newmarket, Ely, Bury St Edmunds, Saffron Walden, Royston, Mildenhall
  • 60 min catchment area to North, East, West (2.05 million)
    Above plus Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Kettering, Thetford, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City. Letchworth, Northampton, Spalding, Bishop Stortford, Harlow, Diss
  • 60 min catchment area to South, plus Norwich (5.5 million)
    Above plus North London, Norwich, Norfolk, Essex, Beds, S E Midlands

Horse power: Newmarket Racecourse, is just 20km away and equine freight is a real opportunity.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Equine freight – horse traffic to/from Newmarket Racecourse, Tattersalls and vicinity
  • Agricultural output and food production
  • Components for light and heavy engineering industry including automotive & aerospace

Business aviation has boomed at Cambridge in recent years providing a strong indicator of the opportunities for scheduled operators from this prosperous, very mobile catchment.


  • 1.5 miles to Cambridge city centre (downtown airport location)
  • 1 mile to major A14/A11 east-west artery junction via A1303 Newmarket Road
  • Bus service from airport to city centre every 10 minutes, plus all major local towns
  • 10 minutes to M11 north-south motorway and wider access to A1 and A1M, direction south from Peterborough & Huntingdon, north from central London
  • 1 mile to Cambridge Rail Station – London Kings Cross 45 minute express service plus London Liverpool Street and major local towns and cities

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways (number and length): RWY05/23:  1,965m x 45m (6,447ft)
  • Slot Coordinated?:  No (Olympic Games period only)
  • Operating hours:  up to 24 hours daily by arrangement
  • Terminals: single terminal
  • Min. connect time: 20mins
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details:
    CAT7 fire & rescue, can accommodate up to and including B767 aircraft with pax payload, ATC on-site, ILS equipped, radar operational

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • New passenger terminal expansion to include check-in and security annex from 2012
  • Increased departure lounge and arrivals capacity to handle up to Airbus/B757 type
  • New expansion site opportunity including hangarage and investment initiatives in 2012

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers: Data TBA
  • Freight: up to daily B737 equine freighter operation
  • Largest carrier:  British Airways (operated by Sun-Air of Scandinavia)
  • Other relevant Vital statistics…


  • Airport charges: In all cases, airlines and tour operators are advised to contact for specific options
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