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ExecuJet ready to Expand at Berlin Schönefeld

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The confirmed formal closure of Berlin Tempelhof Airport in October has reinforced ExecuJet Aviation Group’s decision to expand its facilities at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. It is anticipated that some 90% of the German capital’s private jet and general aviation traffic will move from Tempelhof to Schönefeld from autumn this year.

Ahead of the result of the Public Referendum on April 27, ExecuJet commenced a major upgrade of its FBO (Fixed Base Operation) and started to actively court private jet operators, who will need to secure new handling arrangements. Currently, ExecuJet is handing some 100 business aircraft a month out of Schönefeld and it is on target to triple this in 2009.

In addition to a new VIP passenger lounge, ExecuJet’s new facilities will offer a conference room, a pilot lounge, briefing and operations room.

To make way for the reconstruction work, which commenced in April this year, ExecuJet’s 24-based Berlin personnel have moved to temporary facilities on the north side of the airport. Those involved on the FBO side of the operation will move to a renovated, two-storey facility in summer, while AOC operations and Aircraft Management staff will be situated in permanent new, adjacent offices when all work is scheduled for completion.

“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,” said Peter Hartmann, Managing Director, ExecuJet Europe.

ExecuJet has had a presence in Berlin-Schönefeld since 2005 when it bought into LBAS (Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services) – a JV 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. 

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