Touching Bases: Execair opens an FBO in Prague

 - May 29, 2008, 10:15 AM

Growing European FBO group Execair has opened a new facility at Prague Ruzyne Airport in the Czech Republic. It has also acquired Parc Aviation Handling at Ireland’s Dublin Airport.

Execair, which is part of the UK-based Menzies Aviation Group (MAG), also has FBOs at Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness in Britain, as well as at Belgium’s Brussels Charleroi Airport. MAG purchased Execair in 1999 and has since doubled its number of FBOs to 10.

The Prague executive handling operation was one of Ogden Aviation’s nine-strong network of bases in Europe that MAG acquired back in November 2000. Most of the others provide only airline handling. The new Prague facility will be run by Sonny Sonnberger, managing director of MAG in the Czech Republic. The company also provides airline handling in Prague, competing with flag carrier CSA Czech Airlines for both this and executive aircraft business. The new 800-sq-ft executive lounge is located inside Ruzyne Airport’s existing general aviation terminal. The building includes full customs and immigration clearance facilities.

The Parc facility in Dublin has been bought for an undisclosed sum and will now be rebranded  as part of the Execair chain with substantial refurbishment. It is the only dedicated business aircraft handling company at the Irish airport.