Last Thursday Gama Aviation opened a new facility at Glasgow Airport in Scotland. The inauguration of the center is well timed, with two major sporting events planned to take place in Scotland next year. Both the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow from late July, and the U.S. versus Europe Ryder Cup golf match, to be held at Gleneagles (46 miles North-East of Glasgow Airport) in September, are expected to generate a lot of business aviation and VIP traffic.
With an investment of £3.8 million in the project, Gama has created a 2,480-sq-m (26,700-sq-ft) maintenance hangar with offices and executive aircraft handling facilities. A number of new jobs are being created in the fields of flight crew, engineering, operations and customer service. The FBO will provide full base and line maintenance in the new hangar to support the specially equipped Beechcraft King Air 200s operated by the Scottish Air Ambulance service. Gama has supported this operation since 1993. Additional third-party maintenance activity is expected. A second phase of expansion is being launched next year to double hangarage and handling capacity.
As well as its new facility, Gama Aviation has also added a new aircraft to its Glasgow-based charter fleet, a King Air 350C. The type’s large cargo door makes it attractive to customers requiring rapid-response cargo missions, which are particularly applicable to the oil and gas industry, said Gama. Furthermore, the aircraft can also be employed to support the Scottish Air Ambulance service on an ad hoc basis.