Latvia becomes a key player in the business aviation market in the Baltics, the CIS and partly in Eastern Europe. A new FBO center for business aviation was inaugurated in Riga a day before the opening of Jet Expo 2015. Built by Latvian holding company Flight Consulting Group, FBO RIGA has become the region’s biggest investment project implemented recently.
The facility has a 1,200-sq.m. business aviation terminal and a 8,400-sq.m. heated hangar. The hangar can accommodate 12 to 14 aircraft of different types, including the Boeing Business Jet. The project is estimated to have cost nearly $12.5 million, with Flight Consulting Group investing part of the sum. The project is expected to pay back within eight to 10 years.
The design of the terminal takes into account the modern requirements of bizav passengers: on the one hand, it provides minimum walking distance from the entrance to the airstairs and ensures swift passenger control and screening procedures, while on the other hand it is a multifunctional center with comfortable boarding areas, VIP meeting rooms and a conference hall, an elegant bar overlooking the airfield, and an art gallery.
Flight Consulting Group believes that FBO RIGA will open a new page in its 15-year-old history. Today, Riga International Airport does not boast strong business aviation traffic. It handled 2,887 bizav flights in 2014, serving 9,449 passengers, or only 6% up year-on-year. Many major bizav operators used to mention the lack of modern infrastructure as the most frequent issue holding back traffic growth.
Flight Consulting Group has already observed a significant customer interest in FBO RIGA, and promises to come up with quite “attractive” business proposals. “In addition to our existing contracts, we are glad to offer a range of services that include fixed-base operations, hangaring, and maintenance of business jets at Riga. Our hangar is equipped to provide line maintenance, exterior washing and cabin cleaning services. A big advantage is that aircraft parking spots are available on the apron right in front of the hangar and the terminal,” says FBO RIGA co-owner Roman Starkov.
http://www.ato.ru/content/business-aviation-center-opens-riga Дмитрий Петроченко
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