In response to the closure of Madrid Torrejon Airport to general aviation traffic, and the relocation of private aviation operations to Madrid-Barajas Airport, 20 minutes from the city center, Spain-based ground handler Gestair won the tender from the Spanish airport authority to establish a 24-hour FBO at the airport in the executive terminal it will share along with ground services provider Multiservicios Aeroportuarios. The new terminal will feature passenger lounges, meeting rooms and dedicated parking.
Universal Aviation Spain is relocating its Madrid headquarters from Torrejon International Airport to Madrid-Barajas International Airport, because Spain’s Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea has decided to close Torrejon Airport to general aviation aircraft effective February 1. The relocated Universal Aviation Spain will be situated in the remodeled general aviation terminal building (the former state pavilion) at Barajas, which will open at the end of next month. The new terminal will have its own parking and VIP facilities, including lounges and meeting rooms.
According to Spanish media reports, officials in the country’s capital, Madrid, have shelved plans to construct a $235 million general aviation airport south of the city in El Alamo. Citing budget cuts and demand forecasts, the administration of regional President Esperanza Aguirre is seeking to close Aeropuertos de Madrid, the government-owned agency that had completed the airport’s construction design plans. According to the Spanish Executive Aviation Association (Aesave), last year there were approximately 9,000 flights by business jets in Spain, half of them through the Madrid region.
Spanish business aviation group Gestair (Stand 450) and the country’s flag carrier Iberia have joined in a 50-50 joint venture to create Corjet Maintenance. Corjet specializes in maintenance of business jets, as well as providing logistics and parts support.
Gulfstream Aerospace added another European parts distribution center to its product support network. The Corjet Europe facility in Madrid, Spain, will serve as a strategic parts distribution facility for high-usage items commonly required by Gulfstream customers. Located at Madrid Barajas Airport, the facility currently holds almost $4 million in Gulfstream parts, with plans for expansion this year.
Spanish airports authority AENA said the new runways being built at Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona El Prat Airport will both be operational next summer. The news could bring relief to business aircraft operators–especially in Madrid, where access to Barajas has been especially difficult during the prolonged construction program, which also includes a new terminal and another runway.
Gestair makes a fair claim to being Spain’s leading business aviation group, with about 60 percent of the national executive charter market. It also claims to be the third-ranking operator for the whole of Europe in terms of the number of aircraft operated and passengers carried.
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.