Swiss-headquartered ExecuJet is expanding its Berlin Schönefeld facilities in anticipation of Tempelhof’s closure it said at the show yesterday.
Execujet anticipates some 90% of the German city’s private jet and general aviation traffic will move from Tempelhof to Schönefeld when it officially shuts down in October this year.
“Berlin Schönefeld is being developed as the new Berlin-Brandenburg-International Airport, the new single site airport serving the capital of Germany. Our activity in Germany will be pivotal to the 55-strong aircraft we support in Europe, with 20 more managed aircraft set to be added by the end of the year,” says Peter Hartmann, managing director, ExecuJet Europe.
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To that extent the company began a major upgrade of its FBO, and started to entice private jet operators who will need to secure new handling arrangements.
ExecuJet has had a presence in Berlin-Schönefeld since 2005 when it bought into LBAS (Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services) – a joint venture with Lufthansa Technik and Bombardier. In mid 2006 it established an FBO at the airport and the company was awarded its German AOC in May last year. It currently has two business jets on management contracts based out of Schönefeld and the fleet is expected to grow steadily.
ExecuJet is handing some 100 business aircraft a month out of Schönefeld and it is on target to triple this in 2009.
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Source: Flight Daily News