Previously mandated cash transactions for aircraft fuel purchases at India’s general aviation airports will now give way to credit cards as part of Airport Authority India’s (AAI) attempt to provide hassle-free operations for business aircraft operators. This follows the installation of a cellular-data-enabled electronic transaction facility this week at the last of India’s 93 domestic airports, Hyderabad Begumpet Airport.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
Atlantic Aviation recently reached agreement with Los Angeles World Airports to develop a 36,500-sq-ft general aviation hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where the company already operates an FBO. Work on the $7.8 million hangar, which will be able to accommodate up to four large-cabin business jets, has already started and is scheduled to be finished early next year.
Signature Flight Support signed an agreement today with Blue Heron Aviation to license the latter company’s new FBO currently under construction at Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The new Signature-branded FBO will provide customers with a “modern and contemporary” facility, consisting of a 6,800-sq-ft terminal with lounges and office space, 11 acres of aircraft parking and hangar. Ground handling and fueling will be available, as well as the “full portfolio” of Signature’s services, including its Signature TailWins loyalty program.
Quintessentially Aviation Handling recently opened its new executive passenger and crew terminal facility at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport. The 1,750-sq-ft terminal includes an executive passenger lounge, as well as an airside crew rest lounge complete with satellite TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, complimentary catering and modern Swiss furnishings. The terminal is also equipped with its own air bridge. Quintessentially Aviation Handling recently joined the Air Elite Network.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services opened its latest FBO, located at Chicago Executive Airport, this week. One of three providers on the field, the newly built Shell-branded facility features a 10,000-sq-ft terminal along with 30,000 sq ft of heated hangar space capable of accommodating aircraft the size of a G650. The base is the company’s third, joining locations at New Orleans Lakefront and Long Island MacArthur Airports.
Phillips 66 Aviation has launched a rewards program that promises to help pilots save money while flying or even driving to the airport. Customers using Fly Savvy Rewards with their Phillips 66 Aviation personal card will receive per-gallon discounts at nearly 900 company-branded FBOs and thousands of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 gas stations nationwide. Pilots will receive their savings as a fuel statement credit for up to 110 gallons every qualifying billing cycle.
The operators of the Black Canyon Jet Center FBO at Colorado’s Montrose Regional Airport have filed suit against the publicly owned airport, claiming officials withheld documents it requested during a recent RFP for a second FBO at the ski-country airport. The suit came days after the airport committee announced that Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Majestic Skies was the only one of the two respondents to meet the minimum FBO requirements. As per the FAA’s grant assurance policy, the county must enter into good-faith contract negotiations with the company.
Switzerland-based global aviation services provider Execujet will be moving from a 3,200-sq-ft temporary FBO structure at Bali International Airport, to a permanent facility next month. The new 34,229-sq-ft facility, currently undergoing completion, will offer 10 times more space than the temporary location next door. A 700,000-sq-ft ramp built next to the new terminal is designed to handle all business aircraft up to single-aisle jetliners.
An anticipated $35 million runway reconstruction and expansion project at Dallas Executive Airport is expected to begin this summer. The plan calls for a phased rehabilitation program on the airport’s 6,451-foot and 3,800-foot runways, followed by an extension of main Runway 13/31 to 7,000 feet, in 2016, making the field more appealing for large-cabin business jet operations.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals as well as those for U.S. citizens at New York Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a maximum combined 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.