New FBO in Philippines Provides Asian Alternative
Business aircraft operators frustrated by the lack of space, inconvenient access and uncompetitive prices at key airports in the Asia Pacific region now have an alternative with the opening by Aviation Concepts of a new FBO at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Aviation Concepts is offering landing approvals in hours rather than days, with technical-stop turnarounds in just 45 minutes and at rates that are a fraction of those charged in places such as Hong Kong and Tokyo. The 100,000-sq-ft facility at the former military base complements the U.S. company’s existing operation on the Pacific island of Guam. This was set up expressly to serve operators needing an alternative to Tokyo. According to Aviation Concepts CEO Terry Habeck, the lack of support infrastructure for business aircraft in Asia is resulting in worsening operational headaches and rising costs. In his view this situation is set to worsen with the anticipated new aircraft deliveries into the region over the next few years coupled with the slow pace of new FBO developments in that part of the world. Much of the traffic using Subic Bay will be heading to or from Hong Kong, which is about 80 minutes flight time from there.