France’s prime business aviation gateway is set to pass the next stage in its ongoing redevelopment when a new executive terminal opens at Paris Le Bourget Airport on June 30. A former maintenance facility building has been completely renovated and refurbished in a $8.5 million makeover.
Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support has announced a major move into the European marketplace. The company is to open a new FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport in October, providing full ground handling services and a large VVIP lounge, as well as in-flight catering and ground transportation.
French-based operator Ixair (Booth No. 1088) will soon be the first to fly the Cabri, a new light piston helicopter produced by startup company Guimbal Hélicoptères. The first of a firm order for 10 helicopters should be delivered before this summer. The event was initially pegged for March but a longer-than-expected production start phase has delayed it.
PrivatAir’s Paris Le Bourget FBO has completed ISO 9001-2000 quality certification. The executive aircraft handling operation, which trades under the name PrivatAir France, has been approved on the basis of the quality-management system it introduced in August using a model launched by PrivatAir at its Geneva base in 1998.
Aéroports de Paris (AdP) is seeking to expand the commercial horizons of the French capital’s dedicated business aviation gateway, after several years in which its ambitions to attract new based operators and service companies have been dented by an adverse economy. At the same time, the airport has made progress both on controlling aircraft noise and on implementing more effective security controls.
Paris Le Bourget Airport is to open a new terminal building next month. The facility will have room for two FBOs and offices available for rent.
Business aircraft passengers and crews are facing fines and delays after inadvertently falling afoul of French Customs regulations on currency. According to FBOs at Paris Le Bourget Airport, customs officers there are rigidly enforcing the requirement to declare currency in excess of £7,622 ($8,239) when arriving in or departing from France.
Signature Flight Support has added two more FBOs to its European network. It has opened a new facility at Liege, Belgium, and has acquired the former ATAS base at Greece’s Thessaloniki Airport. The group has also re-opened its Paris Le Bourget FBO after extensive remodeling. The new Liege FBO features separate passenger and crew lounges, customs and immigration facilities, security screening and direct ramp access.
Million Air president and CEO Roger Woolsey and partner FlyingGroup celebrated the opening of the Million Air FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. FlyingGroup is a European charter/management and handling company with bases in Paris and Antwerp and will continue to operate its charter/management business at the new Million Air FBO at Le Bourget.
Paris Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 211) is on schedule with a major redevelopment program aimed at protecting its status as Europe’s busiest business aviation airport. And with traffic continuing to grow in impressive double-digit figures, it would appear this is well timed.