Oxford’s Kidlington Airport was rebranded as ‘London Oxford Airport’ in a surprise move by its owners.
August 17: Oxford’s Kidlington Airport was rebranded as ‘London Oxford Airport’ in a surprise move by its owners, the Reuben Brothers. It becomes the ninth airport to carry the ‘London’ tag, following Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend, Biggin Hill, Ashford and London City.
The rebranding has caused quite a stir in Oxfordshire, with many pointing out the fact that Oxford is 60 miles from the capital and closer to the Midlands. Ros Weatherall of the Oxford Civic Society told the London Evening Standard: “Oxford is a great place in its own right and I find it insulting that it is being considered just another offshoot of London. Trying to make Oxford seem like a suburb of London is very misleading.”
The rebranding follows the first commercial flights out of the airport for 20 years on July 11 when charter aircraft flew to Jersey. Recent improvements to the airport have included a new runway, hangar, terminal, navigation aids, rescue equipment and security compliance, enabling it to cater for aircraft up to the 78-seat Dash-8-Q400 for the first time.