Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region’s only dedicated business aviation airport, saw 1,903 movements in the third quarter, a 12-percent increase from the same period a year ago. The fastest growing traffic segment in the quarter at Al Bateen was visiting aircraft operations, which soared by 42 percent, to 202 movements. It expects strong growth in traffic later this month, when the Abu Dhabi Formula One events will take place.
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As the next biennial Dubai Air Show approaches, all eyes are on the Middle East, but not entirely for the usual reasons. Even after being dented by the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the region still holds huge potential for the air transport and aerospace industries.
Partly driven by a need to speed up the processing of overflight and landing permit applications for its clients, Hadid International recently expanded its presence in India with a new office in the capital, Delhi. Vice CEO Rasoul Taljo told AIN that business aircraft traffic has continued to grow steadily in India, despite bureaucracy and infrastructure hurdles.
A new report about global air traffic, released last week by Montreal-based Airports Council International (ACI), shows a strong rebound in 2010 after a two-year industry slump, as passenger traffic rose last year by 6.6 percent and topped the 5 billion mark for the first time. The cargo business also recorded record volumes, growing by 15.3 percent, to 91 million metric tons, according to the report.
Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport has further boosted its credentials as the Middle East’s leading business aviation hub by establishing its own branded FBO and opening the provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to an independent provider.
What does the future hold for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in the wake of this month’s news that its leasing arm, DAE Capital, has cancelled all remaining airliner orders with Airbus?
Emirates Airline has announced it will open an engine overhaul shop slated to complement its test cell in Dubai. The $120 million facility will be located on approximately 22.3 acres of land. Emirates plans to break ground by next year’s first quarter, with the facility expected to begin service by the fourth quarter of 2014.
In the continuing development of Al Bateen Executive Airport into a dedicated business aviation hub, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), owner of the airport, and Jet Aviation Group signed a lease agreement at EBACE yesterday that will make the aviation services company the first independent MRO provider on the field.
The biennial Dubai Airshow, to be held from November 13 to 17 at the Dubai Airport Expo, is expected to draw as many as 1,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries and attract more than 55,000 trade visitors. At the 2009 event, business aircraft accounted for roughly a quarter of all the aircraft on display, and the organizers expect similar numbers this year, with business aircraft accounting for 40 of the expected 140 on static display.
Al Bateen Executive Airport (Stand 336) is offering one lucky EBACE visitor the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to this November’s 2011 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The prize also includes four nights’ accommodation at a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi. To enter drop off your business card at the company’s stand. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. on May 18.