Aurora Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding for a partnership agreement to run the first full-service FBO at Fujairah International Airport (FIA) in the United Arab Emirates. “We are looking to make Fujairah our hub,” Aurora CEO Ammar Kutait told AIN.
Fujairah is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, and the only one on the Gulf of Oman on the country’s east coast instead of on the Persian Gulf. A new highway connects it with Dubai.
“We see a huge demand [for business aviation] as the UAE has the second largest fleet in the region after Saudi Arabia,” said FIA general manager Khaled Almazroui. “We see good growth prospects for Fujairah, so decided to build an FBO here. We are very competitive. Our landing and parking charges are 50 percent less than Dubai and 30 percent less than Sharjah.”
With slots easily available and holding time less, Aurora will promote the airport for technical stops. The two partners expect to do a marketing blitz to promote the airport as a fuelling stop at MEBA.
Aurora, meanwhile, is focusing on its present projects and is not interested in another FBO in the region. But Kutait did hint at plans for the company to get into the fuel supply business at another undisclosed airport.