Touching Bases: Key Air adds third FBO

 - July 8, 2008, 11:33 AM

Key Air continues expanding, with its newest FBO, Key Air Treasure Coast, at St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla. The company acquired the former Jet Service Center FBO and will be using those facilities to serve customers while it builds a new 90,000-sq-ft full-service FBO with office and hangar space as well as maintenance, paint and interior completions capability.

Key Air Treasure Coast is the company’s third FBO, and as its charter and aircraft management business continues to grow, the company will move into additional markets. “We’re putting together our FBO platform in the U.S. to support our aircraft operations,” said president and CEO Brad Kost. Owning FBOs in areas where Key Air serves many customers helps the company deliver better service and pass fuel cost savings on to charter/management customers.

Key Air has “a clear plan to be on the West Coast,” Kost said, “and some other strategic markets have a lot of interest. We’re not looking to be in all states, just strategic markets.” At Fort Pierce, the first phase of the FBO expansion is already under way and due for completion in December. St. Lucie County International Airport is a designated port of entry with customs services on site.