Castle & Cooke has completed a $12 million upgrade of its FBO at Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Originally designed as a private corporate complex, the facility now has a 1,500-sq-ft transient passenger lounge and a new 38,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate the latest class of ultra-long-range business jets, for a total of 187,000 sq ft of aircraft shelter on its nine-acre leasehold. The company also added two acres of ramp area.
While VNY doesn’t have U.S. Customs service, Caste & Cooke’s Honolulu facility can provide clearance for incoming trans-pacific aircraft, allowing them to land directly at VNY and avoiding the cost and congestion of landing first at Los Angeles International Airport. “I think that’s a contributor to our success in pairing the two cities because we’re really better equipped now for quick turns and for accepting transients,” said Tony Marlow, the company’s marketing director and general manager of its Honolulu FBO. “[Van Nuys] had limited ramp space before, so the logistics were a little more difficult, but now we’ve expanded to the point where it’s really working well.”
Castle & Cooke also operates an FBO at Everett, Wash.