France’s Biarritz Airport last month concluded a more than $1.4 million upgrade including total refurbishments to its FBO and business aviation terminal. The beach resort is a noted fuel stop for Fortune 500 corporate aircraft transiting between North America and the Middle East, and its airport has a nearly 7,400-foot-long main runway and features customs and immigration support, lounges, on-site car rental and other amenities. Last year, the airport reported 2,000 corporate-jet movements, ranging from ACJs to Citation CJ1s.
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Signature Flight Support agreed last month to purchase the FBO component of Metro Flight Services at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). Metro Flight was one of two FBOs at the airport, the other being owned by Signature sister company ASIG, which also provides the airline fueling and ground handling at DTW. Once the acquisition is complete, the FBOs will be combined into one Signature Flight Support location, leaving the BBA Aviation subsidiary the lone general aviation services provider on the field, while ASIG will continue to handle the airline traffic.
Caribbean aviation services provider IAM Jet Centre has opened its newest FBO, at Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport. The 4,200-sq-ft facility will be the company’s third, joining locations in Barbados and Montego Bay, Jamaica. It features in-house customs and immigration facilities, conference rooms and security screening, as well as passenger and crew lounges. According to IAM group managing director Paul Worrell, the facility will connect private aviation passengers with luxury super-yachts that frequent the Grenadines.
Tac Air has reached an agreement with the Omaha Airport Authority to construct a new 2,200-sq-ft Customs and Border Protection facility adjacent to its terminal at Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Nebraska. “The location of this new customs facility will allow seamless ground handling for international arrivals into Omaha,” said Mike Wilwerding, the service provider’s OMA general manager. The building is expected to be completed by the middle of the year. Tac Air has been providing fueling for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft at the airport since 1998.
International trip support provider United Aviation Services (UAS) is looking for a partner in India. Viney Garg, the Dubai-based group’s business development manager, said it wants to get a partnership up and running this year.
Switzerland-based business aviation services group ExecuJet Aviation, which is exhibiting at the Singapore Airshow for the first time (Booth D87), is set to significantly boost its presence in the Asian market during the course of 2014.
Abu Dhabi-based charter group Royal Jet has partnered with Air Seychelles to open a new FBO at Mahé International Airport, the archipelago’s main gateway. The partners believe that the new Air Seychelles VIP facility could trigger a spate of FBO developments in other parts of Africa.
JetNet will be on hand at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference to demonstrate the latest enhancements and additions to several of its products.
AIN’s annual FBO survey for 2014 is now live for selected participants to vote for their favorite facilities. Those selected will receive email notifications regarding the survey over the coming weeks.
As the New York area FBOs prepare for the onslaught of business aircraft arrivals at the Super Bowl little more than two weeks away, some continue to develop their plans and customer incentives. At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, which began today in New Orleans, Sheltair, which operates FBOs at five area airports (John F.