Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”), via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6, has acquired Farnborough Airport from a consortium of private investors. The business aviation airport handles more than 30,000 air traffic movements each year.
Farnborough Airport was the world’s first dedicated business aviation airport to receive carbon neutral status from Airports Council International, and its facilities and services have seen it named Europe’s best Fixed-Based Operator (“FBO”) facility since 2005. Farnborough Airport is the birthplace of aviation in the UK. When opened in 1908, Farnborough Airport was the UK’s first airfield and the site of the country’s first powered flight. Internationally, the airport is known for being the site of the Farnborough International Airshow.
MIRA is a leading global investor in airport infrastructure and FBO facilities, with approximately 72 million passengers using MIRA-managed airports each year. MIRA-managed funds are invested in 12 commercial airports across Europe and Australia, and 68 FBO facilities across the United States. Macquarie is one of the largest investors in the UK, having invested and arranged more than £40 billion in infrastructure projects since 2005.