TAC Air has enlarged its FBO network with the purchase of Prior Aviation, the lone service provider at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which has been in business for nearly six decades. While TAC Air will assume the FBO duties, Prior will retain its aircraft charter and flight training businesses. The 24/7 facility provides all fueling at the upstate New York airport for both commercial and general aviation, as well as all deicing services.
The 16-acre complex includes an 8,000-sq-ft terminal with pilot lounge, conference room, crew cars, car rental, on-site U.S. Customs, and 50,000 sq ft of office space. Its 70,000-sq-ft heated hangar, which can accommodate aircraft up to a Bombardier Global 6000, is currently home to 10 private jets, two turboprops, and 14 piston-powered aircraft.
For Tac Air, which operates at a string of mainly central U.S. airports, this will be its northernmost location, and TAC Air plans to retain its 120 employees.
“We are excited to have the Buffalo team join the TAC Air family as our 16th FBO location,” Joe Gibney, the company’s COO, told AIN, “and look forward to great work from the line service, customer service, aircraft and GSE maintenance, commercial fueling, cargo and sports charter management teams, delivering on the promise of being a full-service FBO to western New York private aircraft visitors.”