Canadian flight services provider Skyplan has established a base in Dubai International airport Free Zone. The move makes it the only North American company to provide contract flight dispatch from offices in the West and the Middle East.

"Following the success of our operation in Sharjah, customers have been asking us to extend our presence to Dubai," says Muhammad Sami, Skyplan managing director for the United Arab Emirates. "A year ago we felt that there was huge demand and need for a one-window service provider. 'Local presence' is welcome in the region as our experience has demonstrated."

Skyplan's Middle East operation in Sharjah has been serving its customers since last year and provides all-round support for its flight-planning software. The rapid growth in demand for flight planning and trip support has led to the establishment of the new facility in Dubai.

"We have found that during the ongoing recession, our services profile fits the requirements of operators, most of whom are on cost-reduction drives," Sami says. Skyplan has been serving airlines and corporate customers internationally for more than 26 years.

It provides hosted flight planning, traditional dispatch support, international trip planning and contract fuel. The company's Middle East operations complement its base in Calgary, Canada.

Source: Flight International