Signature Flight Support reports that 24-hour operations have resumed at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport, following a months-long runway resurfacing project that began in April and closed the runway at night. As a result, through the end of the year, the company (Booth N5500) is offering 20 times the TailWins reward points on fuel and handling at its Shannon location for platinum members, and 10 times for gold members. That is in addition to the airport’s offer of a 50 percent discount for all business jet and transiting customers on all aeronautical charges during the same period.
The global FBO chain also announced increased operating hours at London Biggin Hill Airport, where it operates the former Rizon Jet FBO. The airport has expanded its hours—to 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
In Italy, Signature partner SEA Prime began operations from a hangar at Milan Malpensa Airport. The company expects its new general aviation terminal, designed along the lines of its ultra-stylish facility at the city’s Linate airport will debut in a year.
Across the Atlantic, Signature announced that it, in partnership with local government authorities, has added passport inspection facilities at its FBOs at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport and at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad. Customers visiting these locations will now be able to bypass the commercial service infrastructure, ensuring rapid entry and transfer to ground transportation.
At NBAA 2017, the BBA Aviation subsidiary also entered into a partnership with the Aviation Community Foundation, a 501-C3 charity that promotes the aviation industry to a new generation of aviation professionals.
“The business and general aviation industry is facing a rapidly approaching shortfall of aviation professionals across the entire industry, ranging from pilots to A&Ps to service personnel at airports and FBOs,” explained Sastre. “Signature is proud to play a role in the Aviation Community Foundation’s mission and have every confidence that this organization will have a positive impact on the future of aviation students seeking careers in this fantastic industry.” In addition to direct financial contributions from the company, Signature is also offering its pilot customers the ability to donate their TailWins reward points to the cause.
Lastly, Signature Select affiliate Sonoma Jet Center has established a fund, starting with a $10,000 donation, to help support its team members who have suffered losses in the devastating wildfires that are raging around its Northern California location. According to the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport based FBO, while the fires have caused power outages and poor visibility, it remains fully operational, yet owner and president Josh Hochberg noted, that at least three of the facility’s 40 employees have experienced total loss of their homes and belongings.