Al Bateen airport’s exclusive fixed base operator (FBO) DhabiJet is looking to expand its footprint at the Abu Dhabi facility to attract new customers and business to the Middle East and North Africa region’s only dedicated business aviation airport.

"We have been growing [our revenues] year on year since we started operations in 2011," says DhabiJet senior FBO manager Marios Belidis. "Last year we grew by 20% compared with the previous year, but in order to continue growing at that rate we have to find other revenue streams."

DhabiJet is hoping the planned withdrawal from the airport this year by the military will free up around three large hangars at the former air force base which can house up to four Gulfstream G550s.

"This will enable us to offer aircraft parking for our customers, particularly during the very hot summer months when nobody wants their jets parked outside," Belidis adds. DhabiJet is also "strengthening" its international marketing effort to widen the appeal of Al Bateen to those customers and operators seeking technical stops en route to their final destination.