This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Dassault Aircraft Services at New Castle Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, Delaware, is pausing its operations immediately after an employee tested positive for Covid-19, the company announced on Friday. “The decision is to help ensure the continued safety and health of our employees and customers,” it said.
Some staff will be furloughed until the facility can resume normal operations, which as of now is expected on April 20. The facility will continue to have some staffing to ensure basic FBO, administrative, and security functions.
Procedures that Dassault recently sent to customers about delivery and re-delivery of aircraft at the facility still apply. “As we continue to monitor the latest updates and information concerning the global Covid-19 outbreak, the health and safety of our employees, customers, and business partners remain our highest priority,” Dassault said. “Dassault Falcon Jet and Dassault Aircraft Services are following the latest guidance from local and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”