Data research firm WingX’s business aviation monitor, released quarterly to EBAA members, is showing a contrasting picture in Europe, with a slight 1.6 percent, unevenly spread growth in flights in the first quarter. Several major Western markets enjoyed noticeable growth in charter and private flights, including France, Belgium and Germany. The upward trend was even stronger in Greece and Poland. The statistics also include Russia, with 1.7-percent growth compared to the first quarter of 2013.
Vienna International Airport
In November, when SkyEurope began serving London and Paris from Budapest, Hungarian media mocked the carrier as fapados, meaning wooden bench–the painfully plain, rickety class of travel from communist days. The names never hurt them. So Hungary tossed regulatory stones at the bare-bones regional to break any advantage over its national carrier, Malev.
Located at Vienna’s Schwechat International irport, Gate V is the largest Austrian maintenance shop and has a long industrial heritage. The current company was set up in 2003 when it joined forces with Air Radio Service, which had been active in avionics for four decades. The company is a Cessna service center and has trained personnel for most major airframe, engine and avionics manufacturers’ products.