Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi Airports Company´s (ADAC) dedicated business aviation airport in the Middle East, has signed a letter of intent with Switzerland-based gategroup to provide high quality catering and aircraft provisioning services to business aircraft using Al Bateen Executive Airport. The agreement was ratified at the recent MEBA business aviation show in Dubai.
Under a proposed long-term agreement, gategroup´s core brand, Gate Gourmet, would establish an on-site kitchen staffed around the clock with highly trained chefs producing gourmet meals from the highest quality ingredients, among other hospitality-related services.
"This is an important development for gategroup and its Middle East joint venture partners, Western Group and Sultan International Holding. The Al Bateen project will represent gategroup´s first operational presence in the Middle East, and a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the fast-growing region," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois. "We are very proud to be working with ADAC, which reflects positively on Gate Gourmet´s reputation for innovation, expertise and high quality service," he added.
"We see Al Bateen as the future business aviation hub for the Middle East and believe this is the natural location to roll out gategroup´s VIP catering concept for the first time in the region," said Pierre Guggenheim, President of gategroup´s Middle East region.
Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi is witnessing unprecedented growth in traffic from based operators and visiting aircraft alike. The airport will have handled almost 8,000 movements in 2010, an increase of over 30 percent compared with 2009.
Stephen Jones, General Manager for Al Bateen Executive Airport, commented: "Traffic is increasing rapidly because of the airport´s convenient location however we need to ensure that Al Bateen offers the highest quality facilities and services otherwise we don´t offer value to the customer. The establishment of a bespoke business aviation caterer is the first of many initiatives we will put in place to ensure that Al Bateen becomes the
business airport everybody wants to fly to."