Business aircraft passengers and crews are facing fines and delays after inadvertently falling afoul of French Customs regulations on currency. According to FBOs at Paris Le Bourget Airport, customs officers there are rigidly enforcing the requirement to declare currency in excess of £7,622 ($8,239) when arriving in or departing from France.
Signature Flight Support has added two more FBOs to its European network. It has opened a new facility at Liege, Belgium, and has acquired the former ATAS base at Greece’s Thessaloniki Airport. The group has also re-opened its Paris Le Bourget FBO after extensive remodeling. The new Liege FBO features separate passenger and crew lounges, customs and immigration facilities, security screening and direct ramp access.
Million Air president and CEO Roger Woolsey and partner FlyingGroup celebrated the opening of the Million Air FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. FlyingGroup is a European charter/management and handling company with bases in Paris and Antwerp and will continue to operate its charter/management business at the new Million Air FBO at Le Bourget.
Paris Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 211) is on schedule with a major redevelopment program aimed at protecting its status as Europe’s busiest business aviation airport. And with traffic continuing to grow in impressive double-digit figures, it would appear this is well timed.
Signature Flight Support began service at Hyeres Airport (TLN) in Toulon, France, on January 5, operating out of the main terminal until the new purpose-built, 4,000-sq-ft facility is completed. The new FBO complex is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of this year. Bruno Hardy will oversee operations at the FBO and will report to Louis DeMarque, general manager of Signature’s facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) on April 1 officially began operations from Farnborough Airport, the main European business airport rival to Paris Le Bourget, which serves as DFS’s headquarters. DFS president Christian Sasso told AIN that his company has taken an office at Farnborough and that DFS already has a Falcon 900EX registered in the UK.
Universal Weather & Aviation said it could take until the middle of this month before it can fully repair damage to its Paris Le Bourget FBO. The facility suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during an overnight blaze on January 3. The company established a temporary operations center and made other arrangements for passengers and crew.
Universal Weather & Aviation has said that it could take until the middle of next month before damage to its Paris Le Bourget FBO can be fully repaired. The facility suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during an overnight blaze on January 3, with the lounge areas being the worst affected.
Signature Flight Support has purchased Le Terminal at Paris Le Bourget Airport. Le Terminal was formerly a private aviation facility and consists of a six-story office building, two adjoining hangars and about three acres of ramp space.
The French military has run Le Bourget’s air and space museum since it opened in 1919. In recent decades, a French air force general at the end of his career has traditionally held the top post.