Million Air’s newest operation at Gulfport, Miss., is slated to open this month. The $12 million facility, the 29th location in the Houston-based chain, will co-exist at least temporarily along with the Atlantic Aviation FBO, which has served the airport’s general aviation traffic from trailers since Hurricane Katrina ravaged its landmark WWII-vintage hangar facility in 2005.
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10. Banyan Air Services, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Million Air’s newest franchise FBO at San Bernardino International Airport in Southern California held a grand opening ceremony on August 6. The former Norton AFB closed in 1994, and growing industrial use of local land by companies such as Stater Brothers Markets, Mattel, Kohl’s and Pep Boys Auto stimulated the local airport authority’s desire to improve the airport infrastructure.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority board of trustees chose Million Air as the winner of a request for proposals to build a new FBO at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and now the negotiation process for the lease of the property is under way. “We have been advanced to the final stages of lease negotiations,” said a Million Air spokeswoman.
Million Air’s newest franchised FBO, Million Air Moses Lake, Wash., celebrated its grand opening on July 10. More than 200 current and potential customers toured the new FBO, which includes a remodeled 4,700-sq-ft main terminal and lobby, theater room, corporate lounge and the Jet-a-way Café. Million Air Moses Lake is part of the Freeman Holdings network, which owns six Million Air FBOs, including bases in Alexandria, La., and Oneida, N.Y.
The top FBO in the AIN 2010 FBO Survey–released this morning–is once again Texas City of Sugar Land-owned and operated Sugar Land Regional Airport west of Houston. Long-time favorite Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn. base took second place, the same spot it held last year after a long run of first-place finishes. This year, Tampa International Jet Center made a big move from eighth place last year to capture third place.
Odyssey Aviation, the former Million Air FBO facility at New Orleans
The three FBOs located at Canada’s Vancouver International Airport each managed hundreds of operations during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The airport experienced its “busiest day in history” when general aviation travelers departed after the February 28 closing ceremonies, according to Scott Harrold, general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Vancouver FBO. “It was quite an experience,” he said. “It will always live with me and our team.”
1. Sugar Land Regional Airport
Sugar Land Regional Airport’s city-owned and -operated FBO once again takes the top spot in the AIN FBO survey. The airport and the FBO enjoy some distinct advantages that combine to boost its popularity, including strong support from the city of Sugar Land, a dedicated long-term team running the airport, a fabulous FBO terminal and a strong relationship with the field’s neighbors.