UEFA Champions League Charter Traffic & Business Jets at Gloucestershire Airport 03/06/17

With the UEFA Champions League final to be played in Cardiff on June 3rd, thousands of Juventus and Real Madrid fans flocked to the South West of the UK. Hundreds of charter flights were assigned to Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Kemble and Gloucestershire, my home airport! Despite the fact that Bristol received a lot more rare traffic, I was unable to get transport and instead planned on visiting EGBJ in the afternoon.

However, this all changed when a friend of mine notified me that a Sprint Air ATR had just landed. I hopped in the car and sped to the airport at the speed of sound, just making it in time to see the departure. After this, loads of interesting business jets arrived to deliver their wealthy cargo, making yesterday one of Gloucestershire Airport’s busiest days ever!

Enjoy this selection of photos, all taken with a Canon EOS 700D & 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Zoom lens!





An ATR may not be a big deal at most airports. But at a GA airport where the main runway is less than 5,000ft, this was a big event! This was only the second visit of an ATR to the airport in it’s history! Definitely the best catch of the day!

Sprint Air ATR 72-202 SP-SPE (MSN 441) operated a charter for Juventus fans, flying in from Turin as SRN250A. She departed EGBJ under the same callsign to Liverpool.


Dynamic Aviation Services Dassault Falcon 900DX N232SF (MSN 615) was easily the second largest aircraft present on the day



Next up, the beautiful Little Jet Company Cessna 550 Citation Bravo G-IPLY (MSN 550-0927), one of many Citations based at the airport.


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A second Cessna 550 Citation Bravo then arrived, this time G-CGEI (MSN 550-0951) of Executive Aviation Services Ltd

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A Swiss visitor was next, in the shape of Air Corviglia Pilatus PC-12/47E HB-FVD (MSN 1072), pictured in a striking black livery.

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Then came the first of the Serbian contingent, Cessna 550 Citation Bravo (again) YU-BZZ (MSN 550-0924) of Airpink. Many Serbians came to watch Juve striker Mario Mandžukić, the scorer of the team’s only goal last night.



Not long after her arrival, G-IPLY departed again on another European charter.


Finally, we were greeted with a different variant of the Citation, Austrian registered OE-FHA (MSN 510-0081), a Cessna 510 Citation Mustang of Globe Air





This was arguably the coolest moment of the day. Fashion Designer and Retailer George Davies pulled up in his beautiful Cessna 750 Citation X, N750GF (MSN 750-0244) before hopping out and getting into a very fancy Ferrari F12. The rest of his group got into the BMW X6 and the Audi.

Quick side note: Look at the size of those engines, they are massive!!


YU-BZZ was soon on her way as well, presumably heading back to base in Serbia.



Immediately after, another Serbian aircraft (and another version of the Citation) arrived. This time it was Cessna 560XL Citation XLS YU-PZM (MSN 560-6226), also owned by Pink Air.


Eventually NetJets Europe showed up, with Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 CS-PHC (cn 50500214)


After being at the airport for a good few hours, I was preparing to head back home. F-HBFP (MSN 258689), a Raytheon Hawker 800XP of Leadair/Unijet was the last aircraft I caught departing, pictured here backtracking.



The last catch of the day was another new type, Raytheon Hawker 400XP N497XP (MSN RK-497). Love the look of the cockpit windows!

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Some lovely little jets you got up there! Shame my local airport isn’t that busy either. (EGNX)

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Just great pictures 😲

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living in Swindon i sometimes take a trip out to Gloucestershire airport, very small and sweet aiport. Also some nice catches.

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Great photos.
Thank you for taking and sharing.

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I swear EGNX is a massive cargo hub? Although those operations may be later at night

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Cheers mate. I agree, it’s a very nice airport to visit every so often!

@Richard_Barrett No problem mate, it’s my pleasure!

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Yeah, they have loads of traffic but only at like 20:00-21:00. At other times there is about a passenger jet an hour.

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These are some great photos very nice. Thanks for sharing.

My favourite is probably the one featuring the Ferrari. All great things in one photo

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I saw the NOTAM last night (PPR due to major event) over the airport and this totally passed over my head. Of course the CL final. Nice pics :)

@Luke It’s more like about 6 an hour

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Nice! I really like the Citations!

Thanks mate. Yeh there were departures all through the night, and 17 departures today during daylight hours on top of normal activities. Never seen so many Bizjets at Gloucester in one go, must have been at least 40-50 movements of them.

@CJGuitar And I’m glad you like Citations because there’s loads of them round here!!

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Wow, I truly do love that wonderful image of the [ATR 72-202] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_72) aircraft decorated with the [Sprint] (https://sprintair.eu/en/) livery in my own personal opinion in general!

Alright mate, steady on, you’ve got the wrong Sprint! But thank you :)

Nice shots. I think it’s incredible how the sheer amount of logistical planning that goes into a final game like this is often overlooked. My favorite shot is that guy stepping out of his Cessna Citation X, and into his Maserati.

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You’re right, a lot of work has to go into it. At Bristol, they had Air Europa, Iberia and Vueling flying constantly, Birmingham had Wamos Air and HiFly and Cardiff had Iberia and Alitalia. There were maybe 200 charter flights per day if not more, which I imagine would be very difficult to organise!

Also, I’m no car expert, but considering it’s got a Ferrari Logo and says F12 on the registration, I don’t think it’s a Maserati!

You’re right, I guess I’m not a car expert. All I know is that it’s expensive, and goes fast.

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Cardiff Airport also saw flights from Alitalia, Vueling and Iberia along with others, even an Iberia A340 brought in fans. The airport seemed overwhelmed considering we only usually get about two flights an hour, and some of these airlines usually don’t even operate from here.

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Cardiff saw several Iberia A320s and A340s, while Alitalia flew their A320s and A330s. Forgot to mention, but Bristol even received the Privilege Style 767!

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