SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn told AIN at press time that his company is considering its legal options after the city of Atlanta threw out all bids for a new lease on the FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
SheltAir Aviation Services
In August, Banyan Air Service celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for its 25,000-sq-ft terminal building with an attached 20,000-sq-ft hangar at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE). Plans for the new terminal were announced last November, but construction had been delayed by a combination of airport ground issues, financing and building permits. The new construction is scheduled for completion in May.
To paraphrase the sentiments on a popular plaque, FBO owners in these changing economic times need the courage to change business practices that need to be changed; the serenity to accept those that cannot be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.
SheltAir Aviation Services expanded its Florida FBO stable to seven and total count to eight with the acquisition of Sowell Aviation Services at Panama City-Bay County International Airport. The purchase includes 40,000 sq ft of FBO terminal, office and hangar space.
FBO chain SheltAir last month finished building its executive terminal at Isla Grande Executive Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The FBO, which opened for business in San Juan last summer, said the new terminal features “state-of-the-art amenities.” In addition to San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir also operates facilities at six airports in Florida, as well as the sole general aviation facility at New York La Guardia Airport.
The latest addition to the SheltAir FBO chain is up and running at San Juan (Puerto Rico) Isla Grande Executive Airport (TJIG). Headed by general manager Jamai Hensel, the staff of SheltAir San Juan provides 24-hour service just minutes’ drive from the city’s hotels, casinos, cruise ports, arenas and beaches. Among the attractions are the city’s opera house, the fine-arts district, a brand-new convention center and Old San Juan section.
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