Cologne Bonn airport has broken ground for a new general aviation terminal, which is to simplify passenger check-in procedures and open before the end of this year.

The €2.5 million ($3.5 million) facility will be built and operated by Stuttgart-based Kurz Business Aviation.

The two-storey building will have 1,200m² (13,000ft²) of floorspace to accommodate passenger lounges and conference rooms aside from customs control facilities.

Unlike its smaller predecessor building, which opened in 1985, the new terminal will have direct public access. General aviation passengers need to go through security control in the main terminal and then be transferred to the separate general aviation terminal, where they go through a second check. This will not be necessary in future.

Around 12,500 general aviation passengers use the German airport every year.

Meanwhile, Rheinland Air Service plans to double the number of business aircraft movements at Munich Executive airport this year and is stepping up its sales and marketing campaign in an effort to meet this goal.

Speaking at the Business Airports World Expo show in Farnborough this week, Thomas Mayr, manager of the RAS controlled fixed-base operation, said: "We have been in operation since September 2009 and we have grown our movement count gradually to around 320 a year."

The 70-year-old airport "is an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers to Bavaria: we just need to increase awareness."

RAS is an authorised sales and service representative for the HondaJet for which it will begin construction of a dedicated maintenance hangar, Meyr says, as service entry of the light twin-engined business jet draws near.

Source: Flight International