Signature Opens New Facility at Newark Airport

 - December 17, 2013, 3:00 PM
Signature Flight Support held the grand opening of its new Newark Airport FBO on Friday. The new 11,200-sq-ft LEED Gold-certified building occupies the site of the former terminal and features two passenger lounges, three private snooze rooms, two pilot lounges, a flight-planning area with touchscreen weather video display, two private business centers and an AV-equipped conference room. Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony was Huntley Lawrence, general manager of the airport and interim deputy director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and Signature president and CEO Maria Sastre. (Photo: Curt Epstein/AIN)

Signature Flight Support held the grand opening of its new FBO at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday. The 11,200-sq-ft Leed Gold-certified building occupies the site of the former terminal, which was leveled to make way for the new $11 million building.

According to Huntley Lawrence, general manager of the airport and interim deputy director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the services provider succeeded in its promise to finish the facility and make ramp improvements before the Super Bowl on February 2.

The terminal offers two passenger lounges, each with its own separate ramp entrance, and one of them can accommodate groups seeking extra privacy such as heads of state or sports team charters. Also available are in-house customs for groups of fewer than 20 people. There are three private snooze rooms, two pilot lounges, a flight-planning area with touchscreen weather video display, two private business centers and an audiovisual-equipped conference room. The FBO’s 39,000-sq-ft hangar opens onto more than 500,000 sq ft of ramp space.

Through its predecessors, Signature has had a presence at the airport since 1962. At the ceremony, Signature president and COO Maria Sastre honored the company’s longest serving employee, line service technician Eddie Queen, who has worked at the Newark FBO for 58 years.