After reaching an agreement with Los Angeles World Airports, Atlantic Aviation has begun construction of the first corporate aircraft storage hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where the company already operates an FBO. The $7.8 million 36,500-sq-ft general aviation hangar is scheduled for completion early next year and will be able to accommodate up to four large-cabin business jets. According to the company, the hangar is already sold out, and the company plans to offer transient space as available.
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Landmark Aviation has purchased Midlantic Jet Aviation, the sole aviation services provider at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport. The location and its U.S. Customs presence is open 24/7, and its 5,000-sq-ft terminal features a passenger lounge, crew lounge and snooze room, crew car, flight-planning room with WSI weather tracking and conference room. The FBO also has 65,000 sq ft of heated, video-monitored hangar space.
After two years, Chicago-area DuPage Airport has finished a $4.2 million upgrade of its FBO, which is open 24/7. Among the improvements to the facility–the lone provider at the airport–are new passenger entrances leading to an updated lobby with newly renovated restrooms, crew lounges and upgraded U.S. Customs facilities. Additions include a crew kitchen and dining lounge, theater room, fitness center with cardio workout equipment and weights, and a quiet room with sleeping accommodations.
Adding to its locations in New York (Long Island MacArthur Airport) and New Orleans (Lakefront Airport), Hawthorne Global Aviation Services will officially open its first newly built FBO this month, at Chicago Executive Airport. Construction began a year ago on the Shell-branded facility, which will compete with Signature and Atlantic. The airport is home to 100 private jets and turboprops, and sees 90,000 operations a year.
Castle & Cooke has completed a $12 million upgrade of its FBO at Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Originally designed as a private corporate complex, the facility now has a 1,500-sq-ft transient passenger lounge and a new 38,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate the latest class of ultra-long-range business jets, for a total of 187,000 sq ft of aircraft shelter on its nine-acre leasehold. The company also added two acres of ramp area.
Officials at Florida’s Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport and the owners of Destin Jet, one of two FBOs on the field, are working to resolve a dispute involving county anti-trust safeguards and FAA grant assurance violations that resulted when the owners of Destin Jet allegedly purchased rival provider Regal Air Destin at the end of last year and continued to operate both facilities without notifying the airport authority.
The city of Santa Monica has embarked on a two-prong approach to step up its efforts to curtail flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California. This latest effort from the city’s airport commission on Wednesday addressed legal issues surrounding a proposed recommendation to limit emissions from aircraft operating at SMO.
In response to rising business aviation traffic across Africa, trip support group UAS has opened a new regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility is being managed by Wynand Meyer, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa, who has joined UAS from Boeing’s flight planning subsidiary Jeppesen, where he oversaw its ground handling network for Africa, the Middle East and India.
In the opening salvo for FBO bragging rights at Houston Hobby Airport, Million Air unveiled the $15 million flagship facility that also serves as its corporate headquarters. The 22,000-sq-ft terminal provides twice the space of the former building and features a three-story glass-clad lobby atrium spanned by a “sky bridge” that connects the building’s two wings.
TAG Aviation at the UK’s Farnborough Airport has once again garnered the highest score in AIN’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia FBO Survey. The service facility, southwest of London, earned an overall score of 9.1 out of 10 from AIN readers, led by twin 9.3 scores in the categories of passenger amenities and facilities.