RAF Northolt, the fourth-largest airport in the London area for business aviation traffic, has closed for much-needed runway resurfacing.

All being well, it is scheduled to reopen in early November.

Set to cost in excess of £23 million, the work will upgrade the existing runway, improve drainage and install new arrestor beds to improve safety.

Once completed, the resurfacing work should extend the life of the runway by 10 to 15 years.

Passengers travelling to and from London over the next few months can choose from eight alternative airports in the immediate London area that are able to handle general aviation flights, including Biggin Hill, Farnborough, Stansted, Southend, Luton and London City.