Airports, Heliports and FBOs

New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.

July 5, 2014 - 3:55am

Avfuel has added three new branded FBOs to its international portfolio: Rizon Jet, Air Service Basel and Million Air Calgary. Rizon Jet is located at London Biggin Hill Airport. The terminal features lounges and business suites equipped with the latest technology, as well as aircrew facilities and aircraft handling, maintenance and catering. “Rizon Jet’s extremely desirable location combined with an acute attention to detail results in an unparalleled experience for guests,” said Marci Ammerman, vice president of marketing for the Michigan-based fuel provider.

July 5, 2014 - 3:40am

The Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre made its debut last month as a new service provider at Belfast International Airport. The spacious facility, located next to the GA ramp, has its own security screening, lounge seating for up to 25 passengers and a crew lounge, among other amenities. The Ascent-branded FBO is a member of the World Fuel Services network.

July 5, 2014 - 3:15am

Private charter operator Qatar Executive–a subsidiary of Qatar Airways–is set to open a new FBO at Doha’s Hamad International Airport shortly, having already moved its headquarters there. The airport, which opened earlier this year after a series of delays, is scheduled to replace Doha International Airport as the Gulf nation’s primary international gateway. The company plans to strengthen its core Middle East, Far East and African markets next year, according to executive vice president David Edwards.

July 5, 2014 - 2:40am

Connecticut-based Volo Aviation has been chosen to manage the FBO at Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) in Florida and brand it as the latest facility in the growing chain. Formerly Leading Edge Aviation Services, the FBO services at the location (Leading Edge still operates an aircraft dealership and maintenance shop at the site) were purchased by Skyport Holdings, an investment company affiliated with Volo. “We see a strong local demand for services in the Tampa area,” said Brian Ciambra, Skyport president and CEO and Volo senior vice president for FBO operations.

July 5, 2014 - 2:30am

Kubick Aviation has purchased its larger competitor, Superior Aviation, at Ford Airport in Northern Michigan, to become the sole aviation services provider on the field, which sees approximately 20 operations a day. Kubick moved from its 4,700-sq-ft facility (which was since sold to an aeromedical provider) to the former Superior location, which has a 3,000-sq-ft terminal and 22,000 sq ft of hangar space capable of sheltering aircraft up to the size of a Citation Sovereign.

July 5, 2014 - 12:25am

Emissions from turbine aircraft are one of the main objections held by those who want southern California’s busy Santa Monica Airport closed, yet in a recently released study, emissions from nearly Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) suggest an unexpectedly severe impact on residents downwind of major airports.

July 4, 2014 - 4:10am
The Vail Valley Jet Center's business heats up as the snow falls.

At most FBOs, as the snow falls, so does traffic. But not at Vail Valley Jet Center in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains: the falling powder is the siren’s song for legions of skiers and snowboarders.

July 2, 2014 - 1:40am

In the ongoing battle to keep Santa Monica Airport from closing, on June 10 a group delivered more than 15,000 signatures to city hall to place a vote about the airport on the ballot later this year.

July 1, 2014 - 1:05pm

Gama Aviation held a ceremonial opening yesterday for its FBO at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, about 15 miles northeast of Dubai’s downtown. The new facility’s lounge has been operational since June 15, and feedback from users of the private terminal has been “incredible,” according to Gama Aviation MENA general manager Richard Lineveldt.

June 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

Swiss FBO Air Service Basel reported it handled a record number of aircraft during last week’s Art Basel exhibition, which attracted 92,000 people over six days. The provider, located at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse, saw approximately 300 private and business aircraft movements and welcomed nearly 700 passengers to the fair, which attracts art collectors from around the world.

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