Abu Dhabi-based business aviation services, charter and aircraft management company Falcon Aviation inaugurated a heliport yesterday at its new Dubai South VIP terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as DWC. The heliport, situated adjacent to the company’s VIP terminal that it opened in December, will be run and managed by Falcon Aviation personnel.
It has space for three large executive helicopters and will be open for use on an “as required basis” with just two hours’ notice. Falcon envisions demand for five movements a day initially and will have two helicopters available for charter, complementing its airplane and helicopter business at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi.
The first in the region, the heliport will enable “quick and convenient” 30-minute helicopter charters between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Other nearby destinations include Dubai South to Ras Al Khaimah, 45 minutes; to Diba, 45 minutes; to Fujairah, 40 minutes; and to Qasr Al Sarab Resort, 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Falcon Aviation is also constructing a 215,300-sq-ft (20,000-sq-m) business aviation MRO facility at the Dubai airport. When opened late next year, the facility will offer maintenance support for Gulfstream, Embraer and Bombardier jets, with accreditations expected from the UAE’s GCAA, U.S. FAA and EASA. It will also offer AOG support and aircraft parking.