Following the recent worldwide financial crisis and recession, regional airline services in Europe are set to change as operators move to introduce bigger equipment. Air Nostrum chief executive Carlos Bertomeu, for one, predicts that his carrier’s recent strategy to increase average capacity–and thereby reduce unit costs–will be copied elsewhere in the industry.
Aviation International News » September 2010
One of the primary responsibilities of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is to do “everything possible to ensure that things do not get worse [for members] before they become better.” So said ERA policy and regulatory-affairs deputy director-general Simon McNamara at the group’s April 2010 conference in Edinburgh after two years of “most challenging trading conditions” had left European regionals flying through metaphorical cloud
After years of wrangling, SheltAir Aviation Services has opened its new FBO at Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK) in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Part of the Holland Sheltair Aviation Group, which operates 13 facilities in New York, Florida and Georgia, the company has been at Gabreski since it acquired the FBO from the Long Island Jet Center in 2006.
Million Air’s newest franchise FBO at San Bernardino International Airport in Southern California held a grand opening ceremony on August 6. The former Norton AFB closed in 1994, and growing industrial use of local land by companies such as Stater Brothers Markets, Mattel, Kohl’s and Pep Boys Auto stimulated the local airport authority’s desire to improve the airport infrastructure.
The Van Nuys, Calif., Castle & Cooke base partnered with The Hiller Group to become a dealer for Chevron aviation fuel. Castle & Cook has been based at Van Nuys since 1981 and offers more than 120,000 sq ft of office and hangar space. More than 65 jets are based at the Castle & Cooke Van Nuys FBO, which in 2009 signed a 30-year lease with airport owner Los Angeles World Airports and gained full FBO rights.
Signature Flight Support's San Francisco FBO celebrated its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 2.
Spanish FBO group Assistair Business Aviation Handling saw 10-percent growth in traffic levels in the first six months, compared with the same period last year. The company has five bases–at Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Gerona. Assistair's busiest period came in June when Valencia staged the Formula One European Grand Prix car race.
London Oxford Airport has begun work to add 4.4 acres of high-strength ramp space and is resurfacing another 1.2 acres of ramp, which will double parking capacity for aircraft weighing up to 110,000 pounds.
The dirt is flying as construction of the new Austin Executive Airport in Texas began in late July. The former Bird's Nest Airport is owned by developer Ron Henriksen, who also built Houston Executive Airport. "Austin is one of the largest cities in the country without a general aviation reliever airport," said Henriksen.
The Transportation Security Administration has added two more airports to the list of gateway airports for flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, DC under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). The addition of Nashville International in Tennessee and Saginaw International in Michigan brings the DCA gateway total to 25 airports.
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