A new RNP (GNSS) instrument approach at Leeds East Airport (EGCM) is set to be activated on August 10, giving business aircraft operators a fresh option for flying into northern England. The privately owned airport, which is the former Royal Air Force Church Fenton base, has a 5,900-foot runway and a newly built FBO.
ECGM is 15 miles east of Leeds city center and 10 miles from York. Standard daily opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer (closing at 5 p.m. in winter months), with after-hours on-call service available on request.
The new FBO offers facilities for passengers and crew, as well as meeting rooms, to serve both business and leisure travelers, with easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors. Hangar space is available for aircraft up to the size of a Bombardier Challenger 650.
“Leeds East Airport is now open for business for full IFR traffic,” said airport owner Chris Makin. “We have spent time and money to ensure that we can offer the finest facilities to operators and customers traveling to the north of England. The newly approved RNP instrument approach system means that we offer the highest flight safety standards, combined with brand-new FBO facilities.”
Local charter company Makin Air is based at the airport, operating a Pilatus PC-12.