Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) concluded a long term land lease agreement with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) at Al Bateen Executive Airport. The lease covers an area to the west of the airport where FAS has just commissioned a new 10,000 square meter hangar to support its corporate helicopter and private jet charter and maintenance services.

FAS is the first fixed base operator (FBO) to setup at Al Bateen, commencing operations in 2006 initially with 2 aircraft. The company expanded today with over 250 staff, 35 aircraft covering transport services to the offshore oil & gas industry, Abu Dhabi Helicopter Tourism, Air Ambulance Services, Private Jet and Helicopter Charters, Aircraft Management and providing third party maintenance services for corporate jets and helicopters.

The agreement was signed by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman & CEO, Falcon Aviation Services and Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Airports Company at the inaugural Middle East general aviation exhibition, Abu Dhabi AirExpo, held at Al Bateen Executive Airport between the 6th  to the 8th of March 2012.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman & CEO, Falcon Aviation Services, said: “Falcon Aviation Services has witnessed Al Bateen’s rapid transformation into a world class business aviation facility in a very short time and is proud to have been  there from the start”
Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Airports Company commented: “Falcon Aviation Services has played a key part in Al Bateen’s success, accounting for a significant share of business, and ADAC looks forward to playing its part in supporting the future development of one of its most important base operators”

ADAC recently published full year 2011 traffic results for Al Bateen, marking an 11% increase in overall commercial aircraft movements and a more than 50% increase in visiting aircraft movements versus the previous year.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced it  invested US$50 million in transforming a 50 year-old military airport into a business aviation hug with a VIP passenger terminal.  While plans are in place to develop new commercial facilities, hangars, apron enhancements, utilities and runway work.

Source:  Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)