Premier Aéreo Finds a Way Down

 - October 27, 2008, 11:35 AM

If your FBO has a runway on one side and a major highway on the other, and you can’t buy or lease the space on either side, what do you do to expand your hangar accommodations? Aroldo Cardoso, president of Premier Aéreo, adjacent to Runway 17 at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, picked the only other direction–down. By early next year, Premier Aéreo will have completed work on a new 161,400-sq-ft hangar under the existing FBO facility. An elevator, not unlike those on an aircraft carrier, will transport aircraft as large as the Grob SPn between ground level and the underground hangar. Completion is expected in the third quarter next year, along with a second helipad. Another FBO is scheduled to open later this year at Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, and plans are being made for a third facility to open “somewhere in the northeast in the third quarter 2009.”