Hawker Pacific and Jet Aviation are planning a major expansion of their Singapore business aviation maintenance facilities, made possible by the redevelopment of Seletar airport.

Singapore last week unveiled plans to develop a 140Ha (345 acre) aerospace park at Seletar, which now handles most of Singapore’s business aircraft movements and houses the island’s only small-aircraft maintenance shops. Hawker Pacific, Jet Aviation and other Seletar tenants have been informed they will not be allocated space for expansion until after Singapore completes a master plan for the new aerospace park at the end of this year, but are confident their long-denied requests for new hangars will finally be approved.

Hawker Pacific senior vice-president for Asia Rene Frandsen says the company will meet Singapore development company JTC over the next few weeks to discuss a new maintenance facility. Frandsen says its current hangar has just received a “cosmetic upgrade” to make room for a bigger warehouse that will soon store Dassault Falcon 2000EX/900EX parts. But more space is needed to keep up with rapid growth in its maintenance business.

Jet Aviation Singapore’s outgoing general manager Thomas Ruedisuehli says the Swiss-based company will also meet JTC soon to discuss its requirements. He says Jet Aviation has been asking for permission to expand for a decade as it requires more space for its Boeing Business Jet, Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream maintenance businesses as well as its aircraft handling operation.

Seletar currently does not have hangars available for storing Singapore-based or transient business jets.

Source: Flight International