IT provider Sita has begun using new technologies such as Apple’s iBeacon to provide real-time information on mobile devices to help passengers move seamlessly across airports to board flights on time. American Airlines has become the first carrier to try the Sita common-use beacon registry, launched at the recent Sita Air Transport IT summit in Brussels.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs » Airports
New developments at airports including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
The City of Santa Monica, Calif., has embarked on a two-pronged approach to further its efforts to curtail flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The latest effort from the city’s airport commission on April 28 addressed legal issues surrounding a proposed recommendation to limit emissions from aircraft operating at SMO.
Data research firm WingX’s business aviation monitor, released quarterly to EBAA members, is showing a contrasting picture in Europe, with a slight 1.6 percent, unevenly spread growth in flights in the first quarter. Several major Western markets enjoyed noticeable growth in charter and private flights, including France, Belgium and Germany. The upward trend was even stronger in Greece and Poland. The statistics also include Russia, with 1.7-percent growth compared to the first quarter of 2013.
London Oxford Airport has continued to grow its business aviation activities over the past 12 months, while its tenants, such as Hangar8, also continue to expand their operations. To celebrate six years of running the OxfordJet FBO, the airport is making an offer for the duration of EBACE to halve landing and parking fees for the rest of the year for operators of business aircraft of more than 4 metric tons mtow, subject to availability.
Payerne Aeropole (Booth 5042), an economic development site on Payerne Airport in the La Broye region in western Switzerland, has logged contracts with three Swiss companies for the purchase of land around the airport. Two sectors are now available, one with planned runway access to the airport and sector two, which does not have runway access. Payerne Airport is about one hour north of Geneva by train.
Hubstart Paris Region (Booth 5525), an alliance of organizations with the goal of promoting economic development of the Greater Roissy area encompassing the Paris-Le Bourget and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airports, is promoting the advantages of Le Bourget, in particular, as “Europe’s leading business-aviation hub.” The group is also emphasizing two lesser-known Paris airports, namely Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin and Melun-Villaroche, which it considers “key sites in Europe for business growth and economic development.”
Aeroports de la Côte D’Azur (Booth 5234)–representing Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez–announced at EBACE 2014 the establishment of a sister airport relationship with Morristown Airport near New York City, as well as the launch of the French Riviera’s business aviation brand.
In a recent re-branding, London Biggin Hill Airport hopes “business,” “travel” and “community” will become perceived values of its operations, according to business-development director Robert Walters. A new logo, adorning EBACE Booth 5146, depicts an executive jet silhouette against the background of a Royal Air Force roundel “as a nod” to the airfield’s fame as a Battle of Britain aerodrome in 1940.
Around two years ago ExecuJet established an FBO operation at Cambridge International Airport, leasing the premises from airport owner Marshall Aviation Services. While that business has grown significantly, ExecuJet identified Cambridge as an ideal location for handling its planning and support business, and consequently moved a large portion of that activity to a location alongside the Cambridge FBO.
- Page 1