Earlier this year Gestair (Booth 755) opened a new FBO facility in the former authorities pavilion at Madrid-Barajas airport, which is where all the Spanish capital’s business aviation traffic is now directed. Previously those flights had operated into Torrejón air base, but that operation has been closed down. Gestair, with 35 years experience providing business aviation services, won the initial five-year contract from AENA (Spanish airports and air navigation authority) to manage the Barajas executive terminal.
In response to the closure of Madrid Torrejon Airport to general aviation traffic, and the relocation of private aviation operations to Madrid-Barajas Airport, 20 minutes from the city center, Spain-based ground handler Gestair won the tender from the Spanish airport authority to establish a 24-hour FBO at the airport in the executive terminal it will share along with ground services provider Multiservicios Aeroportuarios. The new terminal will feature passenger lounges, meeting rooms and dedicated parking.
Universal Aviation Spain is relocating its Madrid headquarters from Torrejon International Airport to Madrid-Barajas International Airport, because Spain’s Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea has decided to close Torrejon Airport to general aviation aircraft effective February 1. The relocated Universal Aviation Spain will be situated in the remodeled general aviation terminal building (the former state pavilion) at Barajas, which will open at the end of next month. The new terminal will have its own parking and VIP facilities, including lounges and meeting rooms.
Spain’s Valencia Airport will be the site of Cessna’s new European Citation service center. According to Cessna, the decision was made after two years of study, research and negotiations with Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA), Spain’s aviation administrative office.
Spanish airports authority AENA said the new runways being built at Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona El Prat Airport will both be operational next summer. The news could bring relief to business aircraft operators–especially in Madrid, where access to Barajas has been especially difficult during the prolonged construction program, which also includes a new terminal and another runway.
The two companies that run ATC in Britain and Spain have launched a joint-venture company to develop a new air traffic management system for both countries. The new company, Sacta, will be owned jointly by the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and Spanish counterpart Aena. Sacta ATC areas will be phased in starting with Canary Islands Center in 2007.
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.
The two companies that run ATC in Britain and Spain last month launched a joint-venture company to develop a new air traffic management system for both countries. The new company, Sacta, will be owned jointly by the UK’s National Air Traffic Services and its Spanish counterpart, Aena. Sacta ATC areas will be phased in starting with the Canary Islands Center next year.