Oxford has seen regular air courier, air freight and air cargo services over decades. Larger aircraft types that routinely use the airfield today include the AN-26, Dash 7/8, ATR-42/72, Shorts/330/360 and BAe 146 amongst several others. A notable advantage for Oxford is the ability to offer extended opening hours from 06:00 to midnight, significantly longer than several other London region airports. Belt loaders, baggage/cargo trolleys and three mast forklift are available on-site. Payloads of up to 20 tonnes or more can comfortably be bought into or out of Oxford’s 1592m runway.
Post and parcel services, along with emergency freight of urgent documents or components are routinely undertaken. Oxford Airport is the key port for emergency ‘just-in-time’ supplies to the local motor industry with the likes of BMW Mini (Oxford) and Honda (Swindon) working closely with logistics service companies such as Evolution Time Critical. Similarly, the medical industry and research community around Oxford, with the largest concentration of such activities in Europe, routinely need access to the airport for emergency supplies. It is the fastest port of call for any plant, business or industry within at least a 30-40 mile radius of Oxford, as the only commercial airport found between Heathrow, Birmingham, Southampton and Luton airports.