Atlantic Files Second Complaint over San Jose FBO Lease

 - May 23, 2013, 1:35 PM

Continuing its protest about the development of a new FBO at San Jose, Calif., Atlantic Aviation has filed a second lawsuit against the city over its awarding of a 50-year lease to a partnership led by Signature Flight Support at California’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. While the first complaint focused on the city’s alleged failure to address safety and environmental issues in its issuance of the lease, the latest suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court claims that the city conducted “an irregular, inconsistent and biased RFP process.”

Atlantic, which operates the only FBO on the airport, and Ross Aviation also submitted proposals to the airport’s RFP, but both were deemed “non-responsive.” Atlantic alleges that the city showed favoritism to the Signature bid, overlooking deficiencies in the bid and allowing the BBA Aviation subsidiary to “alter its bid at the last minute.”

According to the complaint, the city also allowed Signature to eliminate certain protections regarding the airport’s curfew in its lease. San Jose city attorney Richard Doyle believes both complaints are without merit.

The Signature plan calls for the construction of an $82 million 29-acre facility, and according to the company “development remains full speed ahead, with a projected ground breaking in the fall.”