Mercury Opens Mega-size FBO in Kuwait

 - May 6, 2008, 11:11 AM

Mercury Air Group announced today that it has started flight operations at the Royal Terminal in Kuwait, the largest private aviation terminal in the Middle East. The three-story, 100,000-sq-ft FBO facility, owned by Royal Aviation Kuwait, cost $42 million to build and includes amenities typically “found only in the world’s most lavish hotels,” such as upscale boutiques and couture shops, a five-star restaurant and various lounges. The shops and restaurant are scheduled to open later this summer. Mercury signed a management services agreement last year to operate the new facility through Royal Aviation Kuwait. FBO amenities include the typical accoutrements found at U.S. facilities, as well as beverage services in the lounges, including traditional Arabian coffee/tea and confections; immigration and customs; landing and overflight permits; and fine dining. There are also two shade canopies on the ramp that provide cover for up to eight bizliners simultaneously. According to Mercury chairman and CEO Joseph Czyzyk, the Royal Terminal “not only raises the bar [for FBOs] in the Middle East, but also sets a new world standard for meeting the needs of business aviation customers.”