EBACE Convention News

Spain Awards Major FBO Management Contract

 - May 18, 2019, 5:00 AM

Universal Aviation (Booth J75), part of a consortium that includes United Aviation Service and General Aviation Service, has been selected by AENA SME, Spain’s state-owned entity that manages its airports, to renovate and co-manage the existing general aviation terminals (GAT) at Madrid Barrajas (LEMD) and Barcelona-El Prat Airport (LEBL). They are the two major aviation gateways in the country, and the agreement covers the next five years.

Both of the GATs, which will operate under the names Spanish FBO Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, will feature new lounges and meeting rooms for crew and passengers.

Work at both locations has begun with LEBL expected to be completed this June. At LEMD, the refurbishment will be paused to ensure that all GAT facilities are available for operators and passengers attending the 2019 Union of European Football Champions League Final on June 1.

“The renovation of the GATs in Madrid and Barcelona will greatly enhance the experience of business operators to these airports,” said Gonzalo Barona Jr., general manager of Universal Aviation Spain, who also will serve as general manager of both of the upgraded locations. “The refurbishment will make the GATs feel like a brand-new facility.”

In addition to shared common lounges, each of the three companies will also have private areas and facilities for their individual customers. “We will have huge new offices and our own beautiful crew and VIP lounges, which clients will be able to use free of charge versus paying a fee to the airport,” added Barona. “We’re really excited about being able to elevate our customers’ experience at both these airports.”