The new business aviation enclave at Dubai International Airport (DXB) is taking shape, and the first facilities were due to open by the end of last month. A new VIP terminal, to be run by the airport’s own Executive Flight Services (EFS), is due to open by year-end. Three independent service companies–Jet Aviation, ExecuJet Aviation and Wallan Aviation–will have adjoining hangars and offices at the airport.
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, has joined the Million Air family, bringing to 29 the total number of FBOs housed under the Million Air chain. Located at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), the new FBO comprises a 5,600-sq-ft passenger facility and 14,000-sq-ft hangar. Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-month, and the official opening date is slated for May 1.
Effective March 15, Signature Flight Support increased handling fees at its chain of more than 40 U.S. FBO locations. Signature said, “Customers who purchase two or more times the specified minimum fuel volume for their aircraft type at any U.S. Signature location will receive a 100-percent waiver of handling fees at all other U.S. Signature FBOs visited on the same day of their fuel purchase.”
Construction is complete on a new terminal at Guardian Jet Center at Ontario International Airport, Calif.
Signature Flight Support has bought the Harrods Aviation FBO at London Heathrow Airport. Just three months ago, Signature acquired the airport’s only other business aircraft handling operation with the purchase of Executive Aircraft Services. Signature will consolidate the two Heathrow operations in the former Harrods Aviation premises. Meanwhile, Harrods is retaining its larger operations at London’s Stansted and Luton Airports.
A source close to the Mercury Air Centers division of Mercury Air Group told AIN at press time that plans to sell the division to Washington, D.C.-based Allied Capital are moving forward. With due diligence ongoing, the target date for closing the $70 million deal is the end of this month. Mercury Air Centers, one of four divisions of Mercury Air Group, operates 19 FBOs nationwide.
Vail Valley Jet Center at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), Colo., now has customs, immigration and agricultural inspection services available on site and has upgraded its passenger terminal with wireless Internet access. The FBO has also added scheduled and as-needed maintenance capability, now serving as host to a satellite shop operated by Denver Centennial Airport-based Haggan Aviation.
Guardian Jet Center, a one-year-old FBO at Ontario International Airport, Calif., has apparently outgrown its 24,000-sq-ft hangar and current terminal. The company recently broke ground for an additional 22,000-sq-ft hangar expected to be completed early this month. A larger terminal is expected to be built by early next year.
The BBA Group has added yet another European business aircraft handling operation to its Signature Flight Support chain with the December 8 acquisition of FBO Shannon on the west coast of Ireland. BBA purchased the FBO from its private owners for $3 million (E2.5 million).
Bob Walesch since 1984 has held senior positions with four major FBOs and spearheaded the launches of two of them that are located on medium-size business-aviation airports near warm oceans. He’s now the v-p and general manager of the brand-new Avitat Boca Raton (Fla.), which opened late last year.