Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi Partners Gate Gourmet

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company has concluded an agreement with gategroup of Switzerland to provide aircraft provisioning and catering services to business aircraft using Al Bateen Executive Airport.

The agreement follows a letter of intent signed between Abu Dhabi Airports and gategroup at the MEBA (Middle East Business Aviation) show in Dubai in December 2010.

Gate Gourmet, the core brand of gategroup, will be providing its catering products from its 770 sqm facility now being built at the executive airport.

gategroup CEO, Andrew Gibson, said, This agreement marks Gate Gourmets debut in the Middle East with its partners, Western Group and Sultan International Holding, and we are immensely proud that it should be at the regions premier executive airport in Abu Dhabi, one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

Since its inauguration as a dedicated business aviation airport in the end of 2008, Al Bateen executive Airport has been witnessing strong growth in traffic movements. In 2010 the airport registered 7,900 commercial aircraft movements with 36% increase over 2009, and a further 40% increase was recorded for the first half of 2011 in comparison with the same period in 2010.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company has already invested US$50 million in turning the 50 year-old military airport into a luxury business aviation gateway with an impressive VVIP passenger terminal. Further plans are in place to develop new hangars, apron enhancements, utilities and runway work.

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