Farnborough, England: The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has revealed plans to convert the former Al Bateen military airbase, outside Abu Dhabi, into the Middle East´s first dedicated executive airport. It made the announcement at the ongoing Farnborough air show.
´´As a growing center of international business and finance, Abu Dhabi has seen significant growth in the number of corporate jets coming to the city over the last few years,´´ noted ADAC chairman and managing director HE Khalifa Al Mazrouei. ´´With this development, we will be able to meet that demand today and into the future.´´
ADAC said it will invest more than $54 million to build additional facilities at the airport, which, it said, is ´´just minutes from the city center.´´
ADAC plans the new facility to be a ´´one-stop shop´´ business jet facility, complete with executive passenger terminals, airport services, maintenance, fuel, handling and other FBO services. It said that the airfield´s 10,500-foot runway could easily accommodate corporate jets of the Boeing Business Jet/Airbus Corporate Jet class.
ADAC also said national and international business aviation companies and FBO operators had expressed interest in locating their operations at Bateen.