With AIN Media Group's Aviation International News and its predecessor Aviation Convention News celebrating the company's 50th year of continuous publication this year, AIN’s editorial staff is going back through the archives each month to bring readers some interesting events that were covered over the past half-century.
REWIND: (May 2004) TAG Aviation will start building an executive terminal at the London-area Farnborough Airport, right after this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The $20 million facility will be the centerpiece of the business aviation center that TAG has developed at the airport, which it operates under a 99-year lease from Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).
In addition to accommodating visiting business aircraft passengers and crew, the 54,000-sq-ft terminal will provide office space for based corporate operators. It will be situated alongside the existing hangar, and TAG expects to add a second hangar as traffic increases.
FASTFORWARD: Virtually from the moment it opened its doors in 2006, the FBO terminal at Farnborough Airport has captivated customers frequenting the airport with its extensive array of amenities and services. It has ranked atop the standings for FBOs outside of North America in AIN’s annual FBO Survey for more than a dozen years and despite ownership changing hands from TAG to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in 2019, the airport, one of the world’s pre-eminent business aviation gateways, shows no sign of resting on its laurels. Seeking to constantly improve, recent developments have seen the installation of a waiting lounge capable of handling large charter groups such as sports teams or entertainers, a crew gymnasium, café, and drive-thru CIQ clearance.
“We feel we’re the innovators of the FBO world and definitely ‘Ahead of Curve’ being the first carbon neutral airport, noted FBO director Dominic Osborne.