As one of the world’s most important financial and cultural centres, London is a major hub for private aviation. An alternative to private jets, helicopters are also a popular choice for large numbers of affluent business and leisure travellers seeking to cross across the country or beyond in a fast and convenient way, often at short notice, with the city home to numerous helicopter charter companies.
A helicopter soars above the River Thames (Photo: Adam Burt via Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0)
Whether it’s for travel to a wedding, sporting event, business meeting or anything else, the primary needs of all private aviation clients are flexibility and speed, and every charter company puts these two requirements at the heart of their offerings. If you’d like to charter a helicopter from London, ether for a domestic trip or overseas, we’ve dug deep and picked out three of the best companies currently operating in the capital.
Operating from The London Heliport at Battersea, with a 10-minutes flying time from Central London, Excel Charter offers convenient and competitively priced airport transfers and helicopter charters to suit your itinerary. The company can arrange landing sites for its twin-engine helicopter fleet close to your departure and destination, while simple boarding procedures and uninterrupted straight-line flights cut down on all of the time-draining hassles and conventional travel options. Flights can be arranged as single trips or several flights enabling two or three meetings across the country while still returning home in the evening. Enquiries can be made by phone or email.
Established in 2001, Atlas Helicopters have several operational bases dotted in and around London, from which they run an extensive fleet of twin-engined helicopters. The company provides every client with a dedicated flight manager, available 24/7 for requests ranging from advice on the type of helicopter best suits their needs, to last-minute destination changes, to arranging a luxury on-board hamper. With departure points available across the UK, Atlas also offer the option to fly directly into the heart of London by landing at The London Heliport, situated on the bank of the River Thames and providing quick and easy access to The City. As for booking, the website has an instant quote generator which asks you to enter your dates of travel, preferred outbound and inbound destinations, and number of passengers.
With over 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Castle Air offer bespoke charter services for all occasions aboard its fleet of Agusta A109 turbine helicopters, each of which seats up to 6 passengers. The company has three facilities, including one based at Biggin Hill Airport in London, and some of the flights they charter depart from Biggin Hill, Luton Airport and Stansted Airport. Prospective clients looking to arrange a charter need to contact the Castle Air team by filling in an online contact form or calling into the offices to discuss your specific charter requirements with one of the company’s specialists.