For the first time in its 65-year history, the FBO at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport now has a private operator–Sheltair. The company marked the milestone with an official grand-opening ceremony at the facility yesterday afternoon.
For the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company, the JFK location is its sixth FBO in New York state and its 14th overall. Sheltair, which has operated the lone FBO at New York La Guardia Airport since 2004, beat several other strong proposals when it was awarded a five-year lease at JFK with an option for an additional five years. It took over control of the facility from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in October.
According to the authority, it decided to privatize operations at the FBO after consulting with operators, such as NetJets, which pointed out a need at the gateway airport for a level of facility and customer service greater than the Port Authority was able to provide. “It’s a great airport, it just needs good service, and that’s what we intend to give,” Jerry Holland, Sheltair founder and CEO, told AIN. After taking over the 3,100-sq-ft terminal and adjoining four-acre ramp, Sheltair spent more than $350,000 in remodeling and renovations.