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Dubai’s VIP Terminal Takes Center Stage with Jetex Opening

 - December 6, 2016, 7:30 AM

Jetex officially opened its new FBO within the Dubai World Central VIP Terminal on Tuesday. The flight support group is one of two FBOs already operating within the new facility, with a third tenant to be announced soon.

Back in April, Jetex handled the very first private flight to depart the terminal—an Embraer Legacy heading to the Maldives. The VIP terminal, which is also occupied by Falcon Aviation, is seeing growing volumes of business aviation traffic, which is transferring from the slot-restricted Dubai International Airport. It is an exceptional design, boasting wide open, naturally-lit space decorated with artwork.

Jetex occupies a 1,500-square-meter (16,146-square-foot) portion of the new terminal. With the addition of around 50,000 sq m (538,196 sq ft) of dedicated ramp parking space, the DWC site is now the largest FBO in the Dubai-based group’s worldwide network.

On-site customs and immigration, comprehensive ground and baggage handling, fueling and security are all provided at the site, as well as helicopter transfers to major destinations in the UAE. The Jetex design team has tried to create the atmosphere of a luxury hotel as they move to and from their aircraft.

The VIP Terminal

“This new Jetex terminal further strengthens our position within the general aviation business,” said Jetex CEO and president, Adel Mardini. “Our new DWC facility [was] the first FBO in Dubai to be awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification earlier this year.”

The new site offers 24-hour customs clearance, dedicated executive passenger and crew lounges, aircraft handling and ramp amenities, and concierge and VIP transportation services. A 5,000 sq m (53,820 sq ft) hangar facility is under construction and is expected to be available for aircraft storage and MRO in 2017, the company said.

Jetex also has FBOs and handling teams in locations including Paris and Marseille in France, Toluca in Mexico, Tokyo and the Chilean capital Santiago. The company is the official FBO and aircraft handler for this week’s MEBAA 2016 show.