Dubai-based Hadid International Services opened FBOs in Pakistan and Italy earlier this year, continuing the push by Middle East-based flight-support companies into the business-jet ground services market around the world.
Earlier this year, it signed an agreement that will see the company operate and manage an 11,000 square-foot FBO at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. “Operators benefit from competitive fuel pricing, short taxi-time and apron parking at the front of the FBO. Importantly, no slot restrictions are applied except during Presidential and other official visits,” it said.
The FBO is being renovated, while crews will be accommodated in their own private quarters. The Hadid FBO has on-site customs and immigration which enables swift clearances and transfers. “This is an exciting venture to fully integrate and expand our range of services at KHI. This opportunity paves the way for future projects we have planned globally,” said Issa Zuriqi, Hadid’s commercial director.
In April, Hadid and Riviera Airport S.p.A announced the formation of Riviera Executive Aviation, created to develop and manage executive aviation services, including a new FBO, at Riviera Airport in Italy, around 40 miles east of Monaco on the Italian coast. The facility is ideally located to serve Milan and Turin, in Italy, and Cannes, Nice and St. Tropez, in France.
“Riviera Airport, located in Villanova d’Albenga in Liguria, is the first and only privatized airport in Italy dedicated to general aviation. It serves the Italian Riviera and provides a discreet transit to Monaco and the French Riviera,” Hadid said.
“This is a unique venture we are very excited to be part of. Riviera Airport has significant potential to become the foremost general aviation airport in the region. Hadid and Riviera Airport S.p.A share the vision of grand infrastructural development that will serve the region’s growing demand… and it will ultimately benefit the local economy and community,” said Mohamad Hadid, Chairman of Hadid.