Paris Le Bourget Airport is pressing ahead with the second phase of its 20-year modernization and development plan, having had to delay it two years ago in response to the financial crisis. The first phase of the program was completed in 2009, and this improved several key buildings and provided better access.
France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Dassault Aviation and Unijet, two companies that have a long history at Paris Le Bourget, have been selected to operate from the new terminal at the dedicated business airport. More activity is planned on the airport, as Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support will operate a VIP FBO at the main terminal at the site’s entrance. It is the first Middle East aviation company to establish permanent operations in Europe.
Aéroports de Paris (AdP) is seeking to expand the commercial horizons of the French capital’s dedicated business aviation gateway, after several years in which its ambitions to attract new based operators and service companies have been dented by an adverse economy. At the same time, the airport has made progress both on controlling aircraft noise and on implementing more effective security controls.
Paris Le Bourget Airport is to open a new terminal building next month. The facility will have room for two FBOs and offices available for rent.
An optimistic Louis Le Portz flashed a broad smile as he contemplated the opening of this week’s Le Bourget salon just a few weeks prior to the event. He knows that his first stab as commissaire général, or commissioner, of the biennial Paris Air Show marks a recovery from four gloomy years of aerospace industry decline and a return to something resembling the conditions exhibitors enjoyed prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The long-term redevelopment of Paris Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 1229) takes a further step forward with the opening at the end of this month of a brand-new terminal to house two business aircraft operators/FBOs and several offices of other aviation-related companies.
In the middle of last month downtown Paris was abuzz with soccer fever, as tens of thousands of fans relaxed at sidewalk cafes before the most important match of Europe’s soccer season.