Cambridge Airport

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Cambridge International Airport
Cambridge Airport buildings.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Marshall Aerospace
Serves Cambridge
Location Cambridge and Teversham, Cambridgeshire
Elevation AMSL 47 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 52°12′18″N 000°10′30″E / 52.20500°N 0.17500°E / 52.20500; 0.17500Coordinates: 52°12′18″N 000°10′30″E / 52.20500°N 0.17500°E / 52.20500; 0.17500
EGSC is located in Cambridge
Location in Cambridge
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,965 6,446 Concrete
Aircraft Movements 21,768
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Cambridge International Airport (IATA: CBGICAO: EGSC), previously Marshall Airport Cambridge UK, is a regional airport in Cambridgeshire, England. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Cambridge, south of Newmarket Road and west of the village of Teversham, 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) from the centre of Cambridge and approximately 50 mi (80 km) from London.

Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Limited has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P433) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.[3] The airport is available for corporate and private use, and is home to four flying schools. Passenger services operate to a small number of European destinations.


Early years[edit]

Opened in 1938, when it replaced the old airfield at Fen Ditton,[4] the airport is owned and operated by Marshall Aerospace, a Cambridge-based company with many years' history servicing civilian and military contracts. The main building, which is a Grade II listed building, was designed by the architect Harold Tomlinson of the University of Cambridge and constructed in 1936–37.[5][6] For many years it was the base for the Cambridge University Air Squadron.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

General aviation aircraft at Cambridge Airport

In 2000, a proposal was created to relocate the airport to a new site away from the city, which would have freed up 500 acres (200 ha) of land for the building of several thousand new homes. A study for a new airport was undertaken by Cambridgeshire County Council and planning permission was requested but withdrawn. In April 2010 Marshall Aerospace again announced it would not be moving from Cambridge Airport to make way for new housing. RAF Mildenhall, Waterbeach Barracks and RAF Wyton were considered as alternative sites but Marshall concluded there were "no suitable relocation options".[7][8]

In October 2008, to coincide with the opening of the new Marshall Business Aviation Centre, the airport's name was changed from Cambridge City Airport to Marshall Airport Cambridge UK.[9] The name was changed again to Cambridge Airport in 2011 as plans were announced for an expansion of the airport following the installation of instrument landing systems and new hangars.[10]

In 2012 the airport introduced charter flights to Italy as well as regular flights to the Channel Islands. These were the first scheduled flights from the airport since 2006.[11][12] From September 2013 to early 2014, regular scheduled flights to Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Geneva were operated by Darwin Airline.[13][14] CityJet also briefly operated routes to Amsterdam and Dublin from the airport during mid-2014. Neither of these airlines stayed at the airport for long, due to services proving to be unprofitable.[15] This left the airport with only seasonal charter routes operated by Blue Islands to Jersey and Eastern Airways to Verona[16] until British Airways started operating to Gothenburg in 2015.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Blue Islands Seasonal charter: Jersey[17]
British Airways
operated by Sun Air of Scandinavia
Eastern Airways Seasonal charter: Verona[19][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cambridge — EGSC.
  2. ^ UK Airport Statistics: 2007 — annual.
  3. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences.
  4. ^ "Commercial Aviation:Fen Ditton Replaced". Flight, 28 October 1937, p. 430.
  5. ^ Newmarket Road: Cambridge Airport, Cambridge 2000.
  6. ^ Marshalls Cambridge Airport Control and Office Building, Teversham, British listed buildings. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  7. ^ Marshall says it will stay in Cambridge, Cambridge News.
  8. ^ Cambridge Airport will not move into Waterbeach Barracks, Eastern Daily Press, 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  9. ^ New Name and New Executive Business Aviation facilities for Cambridge airport, Marshall Aerospace.
  10. ^ Cambridge Airport sets out plans for future, BBC Cambridgeshire news website, 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  11. ^ Direct flights between Cambridge and Jersey return, BBC Jersey news website, 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  12. ^ Cambridge Airport reinstates scheduled flights, BBC Cambridgeshire news website, 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  13. ^ Cambridge Airport Europe business routes announced, BBC Cambridgeshire news website, 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  14. ^ . May 2014. p. 6 World World.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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External links[edit]

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