Airports, Heliports and FBOs

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May 5, 2014 - 3:35am

In response to rising business aviation traffic across Africa, trip support group UAS has opened a new regional headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility is being managed by Wynand Meyer, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa, who has joined UAS from Boeing’s flight planning subsidiary Jeppesen, where he oversaw its ground handling network for Africa, the Middle East and India.

May 3, 2014 - 5:10am

In the opening salvo for FBO bragging rights at Houston Hobby Airport, Million Air unveiled the $15 million flagship facility that also serves as its corporate headquarters. The 22,000-sq-ft terminal provides twice the space of the former building and features a three-story glass-clad lobby atrium spanned by a “sky bridge” that connects the building’s two wings.

May 1, 2014 - 3:15pm

TAG Aviation at the UK’s Farnborough Airport has once again garnered the highest score in AIN’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia FBO Survey. The service facility, southwest of London, earned an overall score of 9.1 out of 10 from AIN readers, led by twin 9.3 scores in the categories of passenger amenities and facilities.

May 1, 2014 - 2:50pm

Macquarie Infrastructure subsidiary Atlantic Aviation closed its $230 million acquisition of Galaxy Aviation yesterday. The deal included six FBOs–five in Florida (four branded as Galaxy Aviation and one as Boca Aviation) and one Galaxy location in Hayden, Colo. With the acquisitions, Atlantic Aviation now has FBOs at 68 airports in the U.S.

April 24, 2014 - 2:52pm

Fresh on the heels of news earlier this month that it had purchased the three UK locations of RSS Jet Centre, Landmark Aviation made an even bigger splash with an announcement yesterday that it has agreed to purchase Colorado-based Ross Aviation. Ross, whose 20 FBOs operated under their own individual names, quietly rose to become the fifth-largest chain of aviation service providers in the U.S. since its launch a decade ago.

April 17, 2014 - 10:43am

Deer Jet, which owns four of the six FBOs currently in operation on the Chinese mainland, expects to at least double that number by year-end, company vice president Peng Zhang announced this week at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai.

“We are talking with several different airport authorities that want to cooperate with Deer Jet to have an FBO facility on their field,” Zhang told AIN. This includes Beijing Capital Airport, where the company is awaiting permission to begin operations from a facility that was last used for the 2008 Olympics and would be the second FBO on the airport.

April 17, 2014 - 10:20am

Jetex Flight Support set up a new handling facility at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. The Dubai-based group will provide support services for private jet operators in Manila, and will be able to supervise ground handling at other Filipino airports. The new facility features a lounge, and Jetex staff can assist crews with any local arrangements. The company provides credit terms and facilitates applications for overflight and landing permits, as well as all aspects of ground handling.

April 10, 2014 - 2:37pm

Riyadh International Airport’s private aviation terminal, which houses FBO facilities for several players under one roof, is a “disaster,” a senior Saudi aviation official told AIN today at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference in Riyadh.

April 8, 2014 - 2:35pm

After nearly 45 years of operation, Flower Aviation closed its doors at Colorado’s Pueblo Memorial Airport last week, just three months after its other location, which had served Salina (Kan.) Regional Airport for more than four decades, was taken over by Avflight. Known for its 10-minute quick-turn service, steak giveaways and in the past for its “Flower Girls,” the Pueblo location was the last to bear the Flower name.

April 8, 2014 - 2:20pm

The Dassault Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS received approval to operate at London City Airport, which requires steep approach (5.5 degree) approvals by aircraft model, as well as for crewmembers. With these latest approvals, Dassault claims to be the only business jet manufacturer to have its entire in-production fleet certified to operate at London City. “The ability to operate at London City gives our operators an added measure of flexibility and a distinct advantage in their day-to-day operations,” said Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier.

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