Swiss businesses upgrade facilities

 - October 17, 2006, 12:02 PM

The ExecuJet Aviation FBO at Zurich Kloten Airport has installed a WLAN high-speed communications connection for passenger and crew use. Also new is a vending machine selling snacks and drinks, giving visitors choices beyond the complimentary coffee and mineral water.

The facility, purpose-built with private access well away from the airport’s main terminal, benefits from having its own private ramp for parking a number of light and midsize aircraft, as well as an adjoining hangar. It also offers quiet rooms for aircrew, as well as showers with complimentary towels and other bathroom necessities such as razors. Crews can also use cars and bicycles at no charge.

On the other side of one of the Zurich runways, the Jet Aviation FBO offers its own lounge and pilot briefing room. It has invested in a fleet of new four-wheel drive vehicles for ground transportation.

ExecuJet now has plans to establish full-service FBOs at both Berlin Schoenefeld Airport (where the Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services maintenance facility is located) and Frankfurt Airport (where Jet Connection has offices and hangar space). It already has operations at Johannesburg Lanseria and Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, as well as at Australia’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. It is preparing to open a new FBO at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates later this year.

Meanwhile, at Geneva Airport, TAG Aviation is proposing to create a larger crew lounge in the executive aviation terminal that it occupies with Jet Aviation and PrivatPort (the joint venture between Swissport Executive Aviation and PrivatAir). It is also about to invest in a new minibus.

On the north side of the airport, TSA Trans-airco has added a new crew lounge and meteorological station to the general aviation terminal. Over the past year, it has also refurbished its main passenger lounge and created a new entrance to the building.

In addition to providing complimentary ground transportation, the FBO cleans customer cars for free while they are parked at the terminal. With its own fuel supplies and maintenance facilities, Transairco lays claim to being the only full-service facility at the airfield.