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I think the current RAF Airbridge schedule, open to civilians, is leaving Brize Sunday & Wednesday and returning Mon & Thurs night - round 24 hours door to door each way
The LAN Chile commercial flight leaves Santiago at some ungodly hour every Saturday morning via Punta Arenas and sometimes stops in Rio Gallegos - gets you in around 14:00 and back to Santiago by 22:00
there is also an oil field trash charter out of Gatwick every couple of weeks while they are drilling - which they are now - its the shortest trip as they stop in W Africa rather than Ascension - don't think its open to all comers - might be a Thursday down and Friday back but don't quote me
like you the only MPA I could think of related to LGW was Mt Pleasant
but from google:-
runway is 2290 m
Katima Mulilo has a small airport (IATA: MPA, ICAO: FYKM), which is serviced regularly for example by Air Namibia from Windhoek Eros. The airport lies on the B8, 18 kilometres south-west of the town centre.
That fills me with loads of confidence given that Zambia does not have a great history of airlines operating aircraft safely. In fact, last summer the EU banned all Zambian regulated airlines from flying in EU airspace due to "noted safety deficiencies and inadequacies in the regulatory systems by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Zambia."
The flight to RAF Mount Pleasant from LGW is an oil company charter flight, leaving Gatwick every other Tues. I've just done the crew change to the platform today, so the next flight from LGW will be Tue 17th Apr and so on.
There are spaces for paying customers, similar prices to the RAF Airbridge. Hope that helps, if that's what you were looking for.
Thanks inputshaft - hadn't realised it was taking non oil field people
understand that Rockhopper co-ordinate loadings for all the other oil companies - is this true?
Top Bunk - a bit crazy to say that no details should be given about flights from BZN when the airbridge is advertised by MoD, FIG, travel agents etc etc - funnily enough paying customers like to know when they are going (and even more importantly) when they are coming back
Going off on a bit of a tangent, but to answer your question
Rockhopper were the exploration company, the people with the cash, as it were. They completed their exploration phase at the end of 2011, but hope to go into production a few years down the road. The end customer now is Borders and Southern.
AGR is the drilling company and part of that is organizing logistics. So they control the charter flight.