Fuel distributor Avfuel has bolstered its network of more than 600 branded FBOs with the addition of four new dealers. London City Airport Centre is the latest location in the company’s recent UK expansion. The dual-use airport, the closest to central London, celebrated several milestones this year, including its millionth flight, 35 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation.
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Recognizing the need for shelter for heavy iron at their airport, officials at Florida’s Hernando County Airport near Tampa have unveiled plans for the construction of a 32,000-sq-ft hangar and 1.3 acres of new ramp to be built on a four-acre parcel of land adjacent to the airport’s primary 7,002-foot runway. The new structure will have a 32- by 120-foot door, making it accessible by most business aircraft types. Airport authorities are currently looking for a maintenance provider or completions specialist to serve as a tenant, and say they will adjust the floor plan accordingly.
Opponents of development at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, near Munich, Germany, were recently dealt a blow when a high court instead ruled in favor of increased general aviation activity. At issue were noise complaints from neighbors of the field, which has allowed general aviation traffic since 2008.
California’s Long Beach Airport (LGB) plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 5 to unveil the results of its $140 million renovation. Established in 1923 as the first municipal airport in Southern California, the airport (known also as Daugherty Field) has five runways ranging in length from approximately 4,000 feet to 10,000 feet, and sees some 300,000 operations a year.
The European Parliament’s transport and tourism committee has cleared the way for airlines to start trading slots at European Union airports by endorsing new rules aimed at forcing carriers to use or lose slots. But the European Commission (EC) has expressed concern that both the legislators and EU transport ministers have diluted its reform plan by rejecting its proposal that airlines should lose a slot if they fail to use it at least 85 percent of the time (an increase from the existing 80 percent requirement).
NetJets opened a new exclusive-use facility for its customers at Atlanta DeKalb-Peachtree Airport yesterday. The fractional aircraft provider has signed a long-term lease with Atlantic Aviation for the 2,800-sq-ft facility, which includes customer and crew lounges, a conference and business center and flight-planning facilities. According to NetJets, DeKalb-Peachtree is one of its most popular domestic destinations, with approximately 4,000 NetJets flights coming in and out of the airport annually.
Private Jet Company (PJC), a new $4 million FBO due to open next week on the Isle of Man, is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union (EU). Since the British Crown Dependency is outside the EU, it claims it can provide savings of up to 60 percent from reduced exposure to the cost of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme charges.
Lyon Bron airport in central France is bucking the trend with an 8.3-percent year-over-year growth in business aviation traffic over the first nine months to 4,767 aircraft movements, according to local statistics. Europe-wide data indicates a 4-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Sheltair’s newest FBO started operations on Thursday at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Fla. The company is providing full FBO services out of the main terminal facility at the airport, as well as managing more than 80 T-hangars and 27,000 sq ft of hangar space on behalf of the city. The main terminal is located on the northwest side of the airport and is adjacent to the historic Albert Whitted Hangar One, where the first commercial airliner flew from in 1914.
After a summer storm that wreaked havoc on the hangars at Shelby County Airport, authorities in the Alabama county expect to break ground this month on a new 11,920-sq-ft hangar. With a 120-foot by 40-foot door, the building will accommodate all business jets except the largest bizliners. Approximately 80 aircraft are based at the airport.