A final decision could come this month on a contested development plan at California’s Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport. While Signature Flight Support’s bid to build an $82 million FBO facility received an official endorsement from the airport’s evaluating staff in February, Atlantic Aviation–currently the lone service provider at the airport–appealed that recommendation. The City Council is set to consider the award on or after April 9.
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The new Pulkovo-3 FBO in St. Petersburg, Russia, officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to operator JetPort, the purpose-built facility will be ready to handle international flights this month once customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.
On the heels of the announcement that Signature Flight Support’s bid for an $82 million FBO development project at San Jose (Calif.) Norman Y. Mineta International Airport was endorsed by the airport’s evaluation committee, Atlantic Aviation, the incumbent services provider on the field, has filed an appeal of the decision, asking that its proposal to last summer’s request for proposal process be reconsidered.
Cleveland Regional Jetport held its grand opening on January 25 in Cleveland, Tenn. Intended to replace nearby Hardwick Field, the $42 million project was completed in two years. According to Mark Fidler, the new airport’s director of operations and marketing, Hardwick required replacement because it was cost prohibitive for the city to acquire surrounding residential properties needed to expand the runway beyond its 3,300 feet.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport is requiring reservations for aircraft operators flying into the airport from February 1 to 4 due to the Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. “A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time, so a parking reservation system has been established to ensure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft,” notes an advisory from New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
FBO chain operator TAC Air last week completed an extensive renovation to its facility at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb. Interior improvements included a new ceiling, wall and floor coverings; a refinished lobby with new furniture throughout the facility; remodeled restrooms; a modernized conference room; remodeled pilot lounge with HDTV and work stations; enhanced WiFi connections; and an upgraded weather/flight planning room.
Tennessee-based aviation services provider Crystal Air was selected from among several candidates to run the lone FBO at Apalachicola Regional Airport in Florida. The company received a five-year lease at the airport and expects to complete renovation of the 5,000-sq-ft terminal by the end of this month. The Phillips 66-branded FBO offers free Wi-Fi, a flight-planning room and courtesy car, and on-site car rental. It has 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a GIV.
Privately owned asset management company Black Forest Ventures has purchased the Galaxy Air Services FBO at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. One of three providers on the Houston-area county-owned airport, Galaxy was created in 2006, and its new owners plan to move it to a larger facility currently under construction on the southeast side of the airport, near the end of Runway 14-32. Black Forest was selected after a formal RFP process to create a new FBO at the airport, and was awarded a 40-year lease on the new 15-acre site.
Atlantic Aviation has launched a multimillion-dollar program to upgrade its facilities at a dozen airports, including major additions at five of its FBOs. At Houston Hobby Airport the company will construct a 17,000-sq-ft, two-story environmentally friendly executive terminal with 5,400 sq ft of office space, and two additional hangars totaling 80,000 sq ft of space. The project, expected to be completed by the end of 2015, will see the site’s ramp space more than triple to 6.7 acres.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.