World Fuel Services announced today at EBACE that Harrods Aviation, located at Stansted and Luton airports, is joining its Air Elite FBO network, becoming the first facility in the UK to do so. The deal brings the total number of FBOs in the network, established by World Fuel in late 2011, to 29 worldwide. Both of Harrods’ FBOs provide convenient access to London.
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.
Fast-growing flight planning and support group Jetex Flight Support has forged a new alliance with Honeywell. At the EBACE show yesterday, the companies signed an agreement to jointly offer their flight-planning, aircraft datalink, flight-following and international trip support services.
U.S. airlines have managed to stay profitable during a period of recession and spiking fuel prices, but small- and medium-sized airports have paid the price in reduced domestic air service, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study.
The newly refurbished Jet Aviation FBO in Geneva now encompasses 660 sq m (7,100 sq ft) and features three new lounges, giving crewmembers and passengers nearly twice the room to relax or do business.
Signature Flight Support (Booth 364) is again handling all helicopter traffic in and out of Gatwick Airport after the helicopter aiming point (HAP) re-opened earlier this month. The development means that business and commercial aviation operators will again be able to land at Gatwick without a formal runway landing slot (they will need only an HAP slot, so ATC has prior notification) and without having to taxi on the runway.
TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth 344), part of the TAG Group of aviation services companies, has unveiled plans for new facilities that will include additional premium office space available for rent, and a customer-dedicated second entrance to the airport.
The proverbial “flight to quality” seems to be the best explanation for why ExecuJet Aviation Europe is still bucking the downward trend in the continent’s business aviation sector. According to newly appointed managing director Gerritt Basson, movements at its 10 FBOs around Europe increased last year as did the size and activity levels of its charter/management fleet.
Germany’s new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (formerly Schoenefeld) has emerged as one of ExecuJet’s most significant handling centers in Europe. The company is responsible for operating the whole general aviation terminal, including its own FBO. ExecuJet has also established a base at Frankfurt International Airport, as well as a satellite operation at the nearby Egelsbach Airport.
Ground-handling specialist Euro Jet Intercontinental is here at the EBACE show marking its fifth anniversary in business. At face value, the young Czech Republic-based company did not pick an optimum year to kick off operations, but in practice its decision to focus on the challenges faced by operators in the growing, but underserved, regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have paid off.
The FAA–and its parent organization, the Department of Transportation–announced on Friday that it will keep open the 149 contract towers that the agency slated for closure on June 15. These cuts were to be made to comply with sequestration, but on April 26 Congress gave the FAA the authority to shift funds to stop controller furloughs and tower closures.