Al Bateen Executive Airport posts 18% increase in aircraft movements in Q1

Monday 11th April 2011

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region's first and only dedicated private aviation airport operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), has announced an 18% increase in commercial aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2011 versus the same period last year. The executive airport continues to register high double digit growth in its commercial traffic from both based and visiting aircraft operators.

Commenting on this news, Stephen Jones, General Manager of Al Bateen Executive Airport said: "We continue to see the growth trends of 2010 being carried through to this year which confirms the strong positioning of Al Bateen as an efficient and convenient facility for business aviation."

Al Bateen registered 15 new visiting aircraft operators in March 2011 alone, whilst based operators continue to take delivery of new aircraft. In March 2011, Al Bateen based Al Jaber Aviation added a fifth aircraft, a Lineage 1000, to its fleet.

Falcon Aviation Services, the largest and longest established of the based operators at Al Bateen Executive Airport, registered a strong increase in Q1 traffic with over 8% growth versus the same period in 2010. A.J. Baker, Vice President Business Development & Strategy at Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) said: "FAS had a strong first quarter with the introduction of our new Lineage 1000 into commercial operations in February, joining our existing fleet of G450 and Legacy 600 aircraft, all of which have seen solid performance over the period".

In addition to the Private Jet activities, FAS also conducted several hundred helicopter movements at Bateen across their Offshore, Private and Tourism/Charter sectors during the first quarter of 2011. "The infrastructure upgrades and the enhanced services being provided by both Al Bateen and ADAC are contributing significantly to both improved support services for our clients and for the continued growth of our business" said Baker.

Further developments to infrastructure and services at Al Bateen Executive Airport, will be unveiled during its participation at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) that will take place in Geneva on 17th-19th May, this year.

Photo Caption: Al Bateen Executive Airport


About Al Bateen Executive Airport

Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.The downtown location of Al Bateen Executive Airport makes it ideal for users of business jets, whose time is valuable and who have a high-regard for the convenience that personalised jet travel can bring.

BenefitsOnly dedicated private aviation airport in the region Fast & efficient turnaroundsIdeal location in the city centre close to central business district Over 90 parking/maintenance spaces in hangars for different aircraft sizes + 20 apron parking stands Luxury Hotel (planned) Business Campus - full business traveller facilities and stand-alone offices One-stop-shop Business Jet Specialists Fuel, handling, and other FBO services Air Taxis Vendor/Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) access Related aviation business access Aviation education and training

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure.

In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio.

These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi's development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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