The UK’s Blackpool Airport is facing permanent closure on October 16, as “the airport operations have been making a loss for a number of years” and no buyer for the field could be found, according to airport operator MAR Properties. Bond Helicopters, which has used Blackpool as a base for offshore oil-and-gas flights, said it is “currently in discussions with a number of alternative airfields.” Opened as Squires Gate Airport in 1909, Blackpool Airport has the distinction of being one of the first aviation sites in the UK.
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London Heathrow Airport is the site of Gulfstream Aerospace’s new European parts distribution center. The center houses commonly required high-usage items and provides rapid-response support to Gulfstream’s service center at London Luton Airport.
London Oxford Airport has continued to grow its business aviation activities over the past 12 months, while its tenants, such as Hangar8, also continue to expand their operations. To celebrate six years of running the OxfordJet FBO, the airport is making an offer for the duration of EBACE to halve landing and parking fees for the rest of the year for operators of business aircraft of more than 4 metric tons mtow, subject to availability.
Oxford Aviation, a resident of Oxford County Regional Airport in Maine for nearly 25 years, is engaged in a battle with the Oxford County Commission to avoid eviction, and to compound the proceedings the refurbishment and MRO facility filed for Chapter 13 voluntary bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The filing also noted the transfer of Oxford Aviation’s assets to its founder, owner and president, James Horowitz, for $1. The filing also effectively caused cancellation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday regarding the separate eviction filing by the Oxford County Commission.
Jets, the MRO owned by the 328 Group, promoted Edward Benyon to sales and commercial manager for its Bournemouth and new London Biggin Hill facilities. He will lead a team of four responsible for building strong relationships with customers and developing future growth strategies and sales opportunities. He will report directly to managing director Alan Barnes, who recently joined Jets from Inflite at London Stansted.
Air Culinaire Worldwide has appointed Maithri Samaradivakara as its new sales manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will be based at the company’s kitchen at London Luton Airport.
Bristol Flying Centre at the UK’s Bristol Airport opened its newly expanded FBO last week. The now 6,500-sq-ft facility has doubled from its previous size to offer two separate lounges for private and charter flights, as well as a separate crew lounge and redesigned passenger reception areas. The southwest England FBO has recently seen a “massive” increase in handling business, resulting in 1,700-percent growth in annual passenger numbers. Starting next month, Bristol Flying Centre will complete its service capability with the acquisition of a dedicated fuel farm.
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso) and the U.S.-based Air Traffic Control Association (Atca), opened the inaugural World ATM Congress in the Spanish capital Madrid on Tuesday.
Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has received an interest-free loan of $900,000 through the Canadian government’s FedDev Ontario prosperity initiative program. “Our government is committed to giving businesses and communities in southern Ontario the tools they need to innovate and grow,” said Peterborough Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro.
Michigan-based fuel and aviation services provider Avfuel has announced the latest addition to its growing network of international dealers. London City Airport Jet Centre is the company’s fourth branded FBO in the UK, joining locations at Belfast, Birmingham and Luton. According to Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock, the company is working on deals that it expects will add more UK FBOs, as well as several new mainland European-branded dealers, over the coming months.
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