While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
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America’s airports will require more than $71 billion worth of essential infrastructure programs over the next five years, according to a report released this week by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). That total is down by 11 percent over the organization’s previous study, which covered 2011 to 2015, a decrease attributed to the current challenging economic conditions, airline consolidation and capacity reductions and projects completed or postponed beyond the report’s horizon.
328 Group acquired an FBO and business aircraft maintenance and repair station at London Biggin Hill Airport from Jet Aviation earlier this month. The facility has been renamed Jets (Biggin Hill) Ltd. The acquisition brings new aircraft maintenance capabilities to the 328 Group, including the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X and Cessna Citation 525, 550 and 560, in addition to its existing services for the Bombardier Challenger 300, 601, 604 and 605; Learjet 45; Dornier 328; and Hawker 700, 800, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, 950XP and 1000.
Universal Aviation Spain is relocating its Madrid headquarters from Torrejon International Airport to Madrid-Barajas International Airport, because Spain’s Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea has decided to close Torrejon Airport to general aviation aircraft effective February 1. The relocated Universal Aviation Spain will be situated in the remodeled general aviation terminal building (the former state pavilion) at Barajas, which will open at the end of next month. The new terminal will have its own parking and VIP facilities, including lounges and meeting rooms.
Sheltair is undertaking a $13.6 million facility expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The first phase includes a new 134,806-sq-ft hangar, complete with office spaces, that will open in the coming months. The hangar’s 28-foot-high doors will accept a variety of business aircraft, up to a Gulfstream G650. Phases two and three will increase the total area of the project from 11 to 18.92 acres and the square footage to 359,000. The final two phases will be under way next year.
The UK’s Cambridge Airport and its FBO partner ExecuJet Aviation are celebrating the first anniversary of their cooperation by offering a free landing for all operators who buy between 5,000 and 10,000 liters (1,320 gallons to 2,641 gallons) of fuel.
Jet Aviation has opened an FBO in Berlin to provide handling at the city’s Schönefeld and Tegel International Airports. The new facility at Schönefeld includes an operations office, a crew lounge and a VIP passenger lounge. “As a major international hub and a common point of entry to central Europe, Berlin is a key location for our customers,” said Frank Kusserow, Jet Aviation’s director of FBO services in Germany. “Many of our customers regularly fly between Berlin, Dusseldorf and our other worldwide FBOs, and they can now benefit from having the same handling provider.”
At the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Million Air Dallas said it is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first of two Gulfstream G650’s on its charter certificate. Expected in March, the ultra-long range twinjet will be based at “4350,” the FBO’s new exclusive terminal for Million Air Dallas-based aircraft owners and charter clients that opened last month at Addison Airport.
Aviation services provider Jetex is attending the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference this week in San Antonio, Texas, along with the UK’s London Oxford Airport to announce that Jetex has been selected as the airport’s preferred flight-planning partner. Next month, the Dubai-based company will open a new flight-planning lounge in the airport’s Oxfordjet FBO.
Dubai-based Jetex Flight Support will open a new flight-planning lounge in the Oxfordjet FBO at London Oxford Airport in about three weeks, the company announced today. In conjunction, Jetex also becomes Oxfordjet’s preferred flight-planning partner. Jetex is making over one of the FBO’s crew lounges, as the “Jetex Lounge,” with new furnishings, signage, aeronautical charts and world time-zone clocks. Computers in this lounge will link directly to Jetex’s flight-planning systems, while also hosting generic flight-planning software.