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The existing 300-acre Gloucestershire Airport site was formed in 1936 and originally named Staverton Airport, replacing its predecessor at Down Hatherley Airfield. In 1993 Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough Councils formed Gloucestershire Airport Limited.

Today, Gloucestershire Airport the UK’s busiest general aviation airport, ranking top in the Civil Aviation Authority’s airports for aircraft movements in 2023. It has its own fire station and two business parks spanning a combined 700,000 square foot, including the recently completed CGX Connect. Numerous high-profile aviation-related businesses, such as Babcock, Safran Group and Weston Aviation, call the airport home.

The airport received a much-needed multi-million pound investment in 2021, which was funded by the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough Councils. These upgrades meant the north-south runway could be closed, freeing up over 300,000 square foot of surplus land for development. 

Gloucestershire Airport