International FBO operator ExecuJet has expanded its operations at Dubai International Airport to include the former Executive Flight Service terminal, and in the process created the Middle East’s largest FBO facility. The additional 12,300 sq ft will consist of eight lounges, a spacious arrival zone and expanded customs and immigration services, including e-gate service and duty-free shopping. ExecuJet will also manage all ground handling for aircraft using the company’s FBO facilities in Dubai. “Our introduction of full ground-handling services in Dubai is another important development, giving us an enhanced level of control over aircraft arrivals and departures,” said Mike Berry, ExecuJet Middle East’s managing director. The company will also invest in airside vehicles such as limousines and baggage handling vehicles as well as additional ramp-side equipment. Located in the airport’s free zone, the FBO offers Internet access, business facilities, refreshments, crew rest areas and a prayer room.
The Zurich-based company also announced it has signed a joint-venture agreement to manage the general aviation terminals at up to 13 airports in Indonesia. “The signing of this joint-venture agreement is the next step in ExecuJet establishing operations in Indonesia, which we view as an important strategic location for ExecuJet’s South East Asia expansion,” said Graeme Duckworth, ExecuJet Asia’s managing director. The agreement followed a May memorandum of understanding between the company and Angkasa Pura 1 to design, construct and manage the terminals.