Palm Aviation (Stand No. 1000) plans to invest $11 million in building an FBO at the Al Maktoum International Airport currently being built at Jebel Ali. The flight-support group, headquartered at Dubai International Airport, intends to open the new facility by the start of 2010.
Dubai International Airport
France’s second-city airport is growing at a fast pace, building on Air France’s “euro-regional” hub. At Lyon Saint Exupéry, the new management team has reshuffled expansion plans, having postponed the addition of another pair of runways.
The Italian island of Sardinia and its elite Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) resort area are not well known in North America, except perhaps to yachting and sailboat racing enthusiasts.
Middle East FBO activity is accelerating, with a United Arab Emirates company planning to build an FBO at the new Al Maktoum International Airport and an Abu Dhabi company announcing plans to convert a former military airport into the region’s first dedicated executive airport.
TAG Aviation is working hard to provide European business aviation with a resource it desperately needs–an airport to call its own. Even before construction work began this summer, the group made a substantial investment in an exhaustive lobbying effort to redevelop Britain’s Farnborough airfield as a dedicated business aviation airport.
The Dubai Air Show, held November 4 to 8, demonstrated an abundance of business-as-usual spirit when it opened its doors in the face of a worldwide security crisis and the intensifying war in Afghanistan just 500 mi away to the northeast.
In June, pilots will be able to use a new business aviation terminal at Oxford Airport in the UK, the first phase of planned improvements by Reuben Brothers Holdings, which bought the airport from BBA Aviation last July. The new FBO terminal features separate lounges for pilots and passengers, rest areas, showers, a crew kitchen, bar, conference rooms and customs and immigration facilities.
London-area Oxford Airport recently started work on a new business aviation terminal, the first phase of a major investment by the airport’s new owners, Reuben Brothers, since purchasing it last summer from BBA Aviation. The new facility will triple the space of the existing GA terminal and is scheduled for completion in June.
Rapid economic growth in the United Arab Emirates is fueling the expansion of Dubai-based helicopter operator Helidubai. Less than two years after its inception, the company, owned by the government of Dubai, has embarked on a fleet expansion with both passenger and aerial-work aircraft. In addition, it is also striving to help create dedicated heliports and helipads in the burgeoning city.
Jet Aviation announced last month it has begun construction of its new FBO and maintenance facility at the Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. Expected to be operational in January, the new facility will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications and avionics installations and retrofits for a range of business aircraft.