UEFA Champions League Charter Traffic & Business Jets at Gloucestershire Airport

On the 3rd of June, the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus was held at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In order to transport thousands of fans to the game, the Welsh FA chartered hundreds of flights into airports around the South West of the United Kingdom.

Iberia, Alitalia, Vueling, Air Europa, Sprint Air and many others, including private charters, flew into airports in the region. On the day, I headed to my local airport, Gloucestershire Staverton Airport, to catch some of the action! All photos are mine, taken with a Canon EOS 700D & EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom lens.

SP-SPE taxiing to Runway 27

One of the most interesting charters of the day was operated by Sprint Air ATR 72-202 SP-SPE (MSN 441). The twin turboprop flew Juventus fans in from Turin under the callsign SRN250A. After dropping off its precious cargo, the aircraft flew to Liverpool under the same callsign.

The aircraft lining up for departure to Liverpool

The Little Jet Company were busy flying charters to Europe during the day. Cessna 550 Citation Bravo G-IPLY (MSN 550-0927) is pictured here operating a flight in from Madrid, Spain, for Xclusive Jet Charters as XJC73Y.

G-IPLY on short final to Runway 27

Executive Aviation Service Ltd. Cessna 550 Citation Bravo G-CGEI (MSN 550-0951) was another aircraft flying in from the Iberian peninsular, this time from Portugal as JTR1.

G-CGEI on short final to Runway 27

Air Corviglia Pilatus PC-12/47E HB-FVD (MSN 1072) was an interesting visitor, arriving from Zurich, Switzerland, in a resplendent black livery.

HB-FVD on short final to Runway 27

Airpink of Serbia operated several services to Gloucestershire on the day. Cessna 550 Citation Bravo YU-BZZ (MSN 550-0924) flew in from Prague, Czech Republic.

YU-BZZ on short final to Runway 27

G-IPLY was very busy on the day, and departed in under an hour of her arrival.

Another private charter for Juventus fans was GAC936A, operated by GlobeAir Cessna 510 Citation Mustang (MSN 510-0081). The aircraft flew in from Genoa, Italy.

OE-FHA on short final to Runway 27

A surprise arrival was Cessna 750 Citation X N750GF (MSN 750-0244). The aircraft is owned by British Fashion Designer and Retailer George Davies, and based at Gloucestershire Airport. On the day, N750GF flew in from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

N750GF on short final to Runway 27

YU-BZZ also departed back to base, after a short stay at the airport.

Yu-BZZ lining up for departure on Runway 27

Airpink Cessna 560XL Citation Excel XLS+ YU-PZM (MSN 560-6226) was another of the Serbian contingent that visited the airport on the day.

YU-PZM on short final to Runway 27

As expected, NetJets Europe made an appearance at the airport. EMB-505 Phenom 300 CS-PHC (MSN 50500214). The jet flew in from Cannes, France.

CS-PHC on short final to Runway 27

Lead Air Jet Service flew their Raytheon Hawker 800XP F-HBFP (MSN 258689) to Gloucestershire, to take advantage of cheaper parking costs. The aircraft is pictured here taxiing for departure to Cardiff, where she picked up passengers and continued to Paris.

F-HBFP backtracking Runway 27

The last catch of the day! Aircraft Guaranty Corporation Raytheon Beechcraft 400A Beechjet N497XP (MSN RK-497) was an interesting catch.

N497XP on short final to Runway 27

Overall, it was a very good day of spotting at the airport, one of the busiest in it’s history. If you enjoyed these pictures, you can check out another spotting report from Gloucestershire Airport, here.

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