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Al Bateen will bolster bizav infrastructure in Abu Dhabi

 - November 10, 2008, 5:54 AM

Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) is redeveloping the Al Bateen military air base as a dedicated business aviation airport. The government-backed company is spending around $55 million to upgrade facilities, which will include two VIP passenger terminals and one VVIP building.

The airport is conveniently located just six miles from the heart of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city. It has a 10,500-foot runway which can comfortably take aircraft up to the size of the Boeing Business Jet. The ramp adjoining the terminal buildings has room for at least 30 aircraft to be parked at any time.

Ground-handling providers, fuel companies and maintenance, repair and overhaul firms are being encouraged to set up operations at Al Bateen. The investment being made at the site also includes runway resurfacing and improvements to the airfield lighting.

“As a growing center of international business and finance, Abu Dhabi has seen significant growth in the number of corporate jets coming to the city over the last few years. With this development, we are able to meet that demand today and into the future,” said ADAC chairman and managing director HE Khalifa Al Mazrouei. “The facilities already in place will allow us to accommodate more corporate jet operations immediately. In parallel, we will implement our investment program, which will create one of the best executive airports in the world.”

Meanwhile, ADAC (Stand No. 645) is still busy with a major $6.8 billion redevelopment of the main Abu Dhabi International Airport as well as a smaller project at Al Ain International Airport. The company also has plans to develop small island airports at Delma and Sir Baniyas to encourage tourism with air taxi services provided from the mainland airports.

“The corporate jet market is an important element of Abu Dhabi’s air transport strategy,” added Khalifa Al Mazrouei. “By creating a dedicated executive jet airport, we are taking an important step forward in regional leadership of this sector and in reinforcing the credentials of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as the region’s premier venue for aviation and aerospace industry to flourish.”