Following a “long and successful” relationship between the two companies, the von Essen Group acquired UK business aviation charter operator PremiAir Aviation Group last month. PremiAir already manages von Essen’s helicopter and business jet fleet, as well as London’s only commercial heliport at Battersea, which von Essen purchased for about $95 million in February.
Starting March 25, all general aviation aircraft will be required to have reserved slots for both landings and takeoffs at London Luton Airport.
Signature Flight Support has expanded its fast-growing European FBO network further with the acquisition of the Executive Aircraft Services (EAS) facility at London Heathrow Airport. Signature’s parent group, BBA Aviation, is set to buy the operation for $8.1 million (£4.5 million).
Jeppesen’s UK office is now co-located with Boeing Alteon’s new London Gatwick Training Center. The move is intended to provide Jeppesen’s UK operation with room to grow and the ability to expand its range of international trip-planning services. In addition, the Jeppesen UK office now has in place a call center that handles general aviation sales and customer service for the region. Operations at the training facility began last July.
The owner of London Battersea Heliport is seeking planning permission to build a hotel alongside it on the southern bank of the River Thames. Weston Aviation commercial manager James Ford told AIN that the new building, to the west of the pad, will incorporate new reception and ATC facilities for the heliport.
The Harrods Aviation FBO group has sold London Battersea Heliport to Weston Aviation for an undisclosed amount. The new owner, based at Takely, UK, is part of the Weston Homes building group. Battersea is London’s only downtown heliport and is located on the south bank of the Thames River, about four miles west of the financial district. Its standard daily opening hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but early and late extensions can be arranged.
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.
The British government has cleared the way for new runways to be built at London Heathrow and Stansted Airports. In a long-awaited white paper released on December 15, transport secretary Alistair Darling provisionally approved the construction of a second runway at Stansted Airport in the 2011 to 2012 time frame and the addition of a fourth Heathrow runway in the 2015 to 2020 period.
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).
Universal Weather & Aviation said it could take until the middle of this month before it can fully repair damage to its Paris Le Bourget FBO. The facility suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during an overnight blaze on January 3. The company established a temporary operations center and made other arrangements for passengers and crew.