By Aimee Turner in London

Euralair Airport Services (EAS) is claiming victory after Belgium’s Flying Group took it to court for refusing to sell its fixed-base operation (FBO) at Paris Le Bourget. “According to a judgement awarded on 30 March by the Bobigny commercial court, Flying Group has had its claim against Euralair and Euralair Airport Services aimed at enforcing the sale by EAS of its FBO business entirely dismissed,” says Euralair.

Flying Group earlier this year said it would press ahead with its plans to establish a new FBO at the Paris airport, but that it had been forced to start legal action against EAS’s founder Alexandre Couvelaire for refusing to sign over the company in a two-part deal that led to the Belgian business acquiring EAS’s premises (Flight International, 28 February–6 March & 14-21 March).

Flying Group, which says it will appeal, will demolish the Euralair infrastructure and build a new terminal, hangar and offices ready for operational launch in the second quarter of 2007, and will operate from ADP’s new business aviation terminal until then. “Flying Group has decided to appeal this decision and is determined to claim its rights. Despite the litigation with Euralair, Flying Group has started its business jet operations, and will soon offer its own ground assistance services as from 1 June,” says the company.

Source: Flight International