Signature Expands European Network with TAG FBO Buy

 - August 3, 2020, 12:36 PM
Signature Aviation's purchase of the two TAG Aviation Switzerland FBOs gives it a long-coveted foothold at Geneva Airport, one of Europe's busiest business aviation gateways. The move leaves TAG with a lone FBO in Macau.

Signature Flight Support expanded its European network with the acquisition of the two Tag Aviation FBOs in Switzerland, it announced today. Marking the global service provider’s first entry into the Swiss market, the deal includes the former TAG FBO at Geneva International Airport, long a coveted market for Signature. The move signals the end of TAG’s more than half-century run as an FBO operator at Geneva, and leaves it with just a lone FBO in Macau, following the sale of Farnborough Airport in September.

Located in the airport’s general aviation terminal, the facility includes three private passenger lounges, two crew rest areas, and an eight-seat conference room. As the airport sits astride the border between Switzerland and France, both Swiss and French customs clearance are available on site, along with dedicated fueling capability. During the winter deicing is available in-house.

The purchase also includes the FBO at Sion, which includes a private terminal and hangar complex with on-site Swiss Customs.

“Europe continues to be an area of strategic opportunity for our global business,” said Signature CEO Mark Johnstone. “TAG Aviation’s tenured presence in Geneva presented an excellent means to enter the second busiest general aviation market in Europe, and its operations in Sion are a source of valuable seasonal traffic. We look forward to building on the extensive reputation for service excellence that TAG Aviation has cultivated.”

Signature has appointed Sophie Lesnoff as area director for mainland Europe, including the two newly-added Swiss locations. A 20-year industry veteran, she most recently was head of customer services and FBO operations for TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK.