The UK’s Coventry Airport has opened a new executive jet center and, in a bid to boost business aviation traffic, offered free ground handling to operators during the month of July. The privately owned airport has decided to focus on business aviation and air freight as its two core activities after being denied permission to develop a new terminal for airline passengers.
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London Luton Airport has a new FBO in the shape of the new Ocean Sky Jet Centre, which opened last month. The facility is the first of several FBOs that the UK-based group intends to open in Europe.
In a recent issue of “ATC Reform News,” Reason Foundation director of transportation studies Robert Poole uses the anti-business jet rhetoric to further push for a user-funded ATC system.
Ocean Sky is to open a new FBO at London Luton Airport on March 30. The UK company has signed a lease on the facility formerly occupied by Harrods Aviation before it developed its current facilities at the airport. This is situated on Luton’s south ramp and is immediately parallel to the runway.
London Executive Aviation (LEA) will this week take delivery of the second and third of 10 Cessna Citation Mustangs it will receive during 2008 and 2009.
Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream has named Sumi Fonseka the new general manager of its Luton Service Center, located at the UK’s London-Luton Airport. Prior to his appointment, Fonseka was the senior hangar operations manager at the companies’ South Service Center in Savannah.
The UK’s Coventry West Midland International Airport now has a new business aviation center. Called Midwest Executive Aviation, the new facility, which is on the south side of the airport, has replaced a temporary executive terminal that opened in December on the north side. That facility is now being demolished.
Fly BN will handle maintenance, overhauls and repairs for the Islander and Defender turboprop and piston models. It is committed to speeding up turnaround times, according to Fly BN officials. More than 1,200 Britten-Norman aircraft are in service throughout some 120 countries. Both the manufacturer and the new support division are headquartered at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
At the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in late May, Signature Flight Support announced plans for a new $2 million FBO at Southern France’s Toulon-Hyeres Airport (on the Côte d’Azur) and generous $7.5 million expansion of its facility at London Luton Airport. In Toulon, the new facility is part of a joint effort with the city’s chamber of commerce to attract business aviation.
A 65,000-sq-ft business aviation terminal, ramp and hangar complex is being built at the UK’s Leeds Bradford International Airport in Yorkshire. The $13 million investment is being shared by the airport and current FBO and charter firm Multiflight. In addition to providing handling for business aircraft, Multiflight also intends to offer extensive line maintenance.