London’s Oxford airport grew significantly over the last 12 months, new statistics have shown.

Airport news for UK Airports on 02/01/2012.

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The business aviation gateway said at the end of December that it had seen a 12 per cent jump in aircraft movements since 1 January 2011, totalling to more than 6,000 takeoffs and landings.

Officials from the facility also say it is now the fifth busiest UK airport in terms of business aviation traffic, coming in just ahead of north London’s Stansted airport.

James Dillon-Godfray, director of business development for London Oxford airport, called the continued growth “great news”, adding that it justified ongoing investments in the facilities and the hard work from oxfordjet fixed base operators.

The news comes as the airport continues to fine tune its newly installed surveillance radar systems, which it expects to have in full operation before the traffic rush created by the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. It has also increased the length of its licensed runway by more than 20 per cent, enabling it to accommodate A 318 and 319 jets, as well as Embraer’s larger E-jet series.

Officials said that additional improvements were in the works for 2012, including the building of new hangar facilities to house top end business aircraft and the latest generation of regional jets.

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