Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is set to open its third fixed-base operation this month at Chicago Executive Airport. The company also manages FBOs at Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York and Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. "We built this facility to meet the growing demand for premier corporate and business aviation services in the Chicago area, a vibrant top-three general aviation market in the United States," said Hawthorne President and CEO Steven Levesque.
The fixed-base operation run by Gama Aviation at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates saw 70% growth general aviation traffic in 2013 over the previous year. The company is planning to add passenger and crew lounges in anticipation of similar growth this year. Gama will also likely see added traffic due to an 80-day runway closure scheduled to start May 1 at Dubai International Airport.
Flower Aviation, a fixed-base operator at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Colorado, has closed its doors after 44 years in the business. Airport Director Mark Lovin said the closure is due to "competitive pressures and the changes in the market." The city is planning to look for a new FBO to take Flower's place at the airport.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, based in North Charleston, S.C., plans to begin construction on a fixed-base operation at the Chicago Executive Airport. "The acquisition of the development rights for a new FBO at the Chicago Executive Airport establishes our presence in Chicago, a vibrant top-three general aviation market," Steven Levesque, Hawthorne's president and CEO, said in a statement.
A busy Labor Day weekend prompted the fixed-base operator to ask for more pilot parking spaces at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. "There is no lack of tie-downs on a normal basis," said SheltAir Aviation Services manager Scott Daniluk. "But Labor Day weekend really kind of shocked us." The general aviation facility has 30 tie-downs, but as many as 60 planes visited over Labor Day weekend.