Hawthorne Global Aviation Services purchased Atlanta Executive Jet Center, the lone FBO at Cobb County Airport, as the fourth location in what the company plans eventually to be a nationwide network. Cobb County, one of Georgia’s busiest general aviation airports, will become an international gateway next year with the addition of onsite U.S. Customs service. At 6,305 feet, the airport offers the longest general aviation runway in the Atlanta area, Hawthorne said.
The Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre made its debut last month as a new service provider at Belfast International Airport. The spacious facility, located next to the GA ramp, has its own security screening, lounge seating for up to 25 passengers and a crew lounge, among other amenities. The Ascent-branded FBO is a member of the World Fuel Services network.
Paul Little, one of the wealthiest men in Australia and owner of aviation charter provider Little Aviation, has acquired the former John Holland Aviation Services aircraft maintenance facility at Tullamarine Airport in Australia and, according to reports, intends to establish a new private jet facility on the 50-acre site. The transaction, believed to be worth approximately $9.4 million (U.S.) is expected to close this month, pending airport approval, after which Little will spend a similar amount to refurbish the facility over the next year.
Oregon’s Tillamook Airport, located 75 miles from Portland and the state capital Salem, The new 3,200-sq-ft building, owned by the Port of Tillamook Bay, was paid for with state lottery and federal funding. It replaces a much smaller structure that also housed the airport office and radio equipment. The new building features a pilots’ lounge with flight-planning area, a kitchenette and an A/V-equipped 30-seat conference room. The airport-operated facility, which sees approximately 4,500 operations a year, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Construction is expected to begin by year-end on an FBO facility at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). According to the airport, private jet movements there last year were up 13 percent over 2012, and the increasing operational tempo and congested parking called for an upgrade. The new $5.5 million, 10,763-sq-ft terminal is expected to be completed 14 to 16 months after construction begins, and will include three retail outlets as well as customs, immigration and security services.
Around two years ago ExecuJet established an FBO operation at Cambridge International Airport, leasing the premises from airport owner Marshall Aviation Services. While that business has grown significantly, ExecuJet identified Cambridge as an ideal location for handling its planning and support business, and consequently moved a large portion of that activity to a location alongside the Cambridge FBO.
Universal Aviation last month inaugurated its newly refurbished FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The extensive program of improvements includes fully remodeled crew and passenger lounges, business center, meeting rooms and private screening areas. Ramp space has also been increased with the addition of 130,182 sq ft (12,094 sq m) of parking space, taking the total area to 323,000 sq ft (30,000 sq m).
Trip support specialist UAS is continuing its ambitious plans to expand its global service network with the opening in March of a new regional headquarters for Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then at last month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, UAS co-founder and executive president Mohammed Husary confirmed plans to open a regional headquarters in China next year.
Quintessentially Aviation Handling has opened a new executive passenger and crew terminal facility at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport. The 1,750-sq-ft terminal includes an executive passenger lounge, as well as an airside crew rest lounge complete with shower facilities, satellite TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, complimentary catering and modern Swiss furnishings. The terminal is also equipped with its own air bridge.
After two years, Chicago-area DuPage Airport has finished a $4.2 million upgrade of its FBO, which is open 24/7. Among the improvements to the facility–the lone provider at the airport–are new passenger entrances leading to an updated lobby with newly renovated restrooms, crew lounges and upgraded U.S. Customs facilities. Additions include a crew kitchen and dining lounge, theater room, fitness center with cardio workout equipment and weights, and a quiet room with sleeping accommodations.
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