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Spanish ATC Strike
5/28/2015 12:09:00 AM
Spanish Air Traffic Controllers at all Area Control Centers have voted in favour of industrial action:

Dates (to be confirmed) : 8, 10, 12, 14th June, Daily 4 hours strike (2 hrs in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). More info to follow when available.
Fuel Strike in Lagos/DNMM
5/22/2015 11:36:29 AM
22MAY15 10.30z Lagos/LOS/DNMM

Reports of fuel strike just "kicking off" at DNMM. Indefinate duration. This is on top of Fuel Shortage/Low Fuel situation.
South Aer FBO/EICK
5/20/2015 7:01:40 PM
South Aer Aviation Services, Cork International Airport, Ireland/EICK
May 19th 2015, Geneva, EBACE 2015
South Aer FBO continues todevelop their Cork International Airport operation, underlining their long term commitment to the airport.
Managing Director Pat Forde tells us that the well established FBO has acquired a new, modern and excellently located facility at Compass House, next to the ramp. “We have also purchased new GSE, including air stairs (suitable for ACJ/BBJ), GPU, Potable Water and Lav Carts and diesel tug. Our front of house and ground operations staff have been supplied with newly designed uniforms and branded name badges, adding to our corporate image.
“We currently handle in excess of 77% of the BizAv traffic at Cork International & are the airport’s only dedicated BizAv facility. We believe our position as a family run FBO gives us the edge & allows us to provide the highest level of personal service our clients can expect anywhere. But we are standing still. I feel the time is right for South Aer to look at upping our game, extending to our existing clients an even better experience & offering new services while identifying new revenue streams for our business”
      Pat Forde, Managing Director at South Aer/EICK  
Cork International Airport, Ireland, EICK/ORK
Cork International is the natural gateway to Ireland’s entire South & Midlands region for destination traffic as well as sitting smack bang under the North Atlantic tracks for tech stop traffic.
EICK is a H24, ILS CAT 2B, Fire CAT 7 (8 & 9 on request), No Slots, EU Point of Entry, Quick Turnaround & BizAv friendly airport.
For passengers & crew, Ireland’s stunning South offers world class amenities, including some of the world’s finest Golf Links & Courses, Lake, River & Sea Angling, fabulous restaurants, high end shopping, historic sites & stunning country side. Ireland really is the Emerald Isle, home of the Forty Shades of Green & Island of A Thousand Welcomes!
For Aviation Managers, Flight Departments & Trip Support Services, South Aer provides an outstanding interface with all service providers via South Aer Executive Concierge, from HOTAC, ground transport & in-flight catering to full concierge services; we have the local contacts to ensure your clients take off with a big smile!
Tel: +353 21 4888 488                                        
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Bestfly Angola put Jet A bowser on ramp
5/18/2015 5:55:50 PM

EBACE Press Release 18May15

Bestfly becomes only FBO to provide aviation fuel in Sub-Saharan Africa


Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company has announced toady at EBACE 2015, where it is exhibiting on the African Pavilion booth A065, that it has signed an agreement with Angola’s energy company Sonangol to operate its own dedicated fuel bowser.

The agreement enables Bestfly to control fuel supply to aircraft from its own 45 000 litre bowser provided by Sonangol of Angola. The truck is parked at the FBO, branded in Bestfly colours and is operated by Bestfly team members, making Bestfly the only FBO with a dedicated aviation fuel supply in the Sub-Saharan area of Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement Sonangol will provide continued access to the bowser and aviation fuel. In addition Sonangol has trained the three-man team operating the bowser in safe operations, human factors and all elements of secure fuel handling which enables the company to offer 24/7 fuel services to arriving and departing aircraft. To streamline the system even further Sonangol has a single point of contact in the accounts department handling accounting, fuel requests and pre-flight inquiries making the fuel administration process leaner for all concerned

Bestfly has been Sonangol’s largest dedicated private aviation fuel customer since the FBO opened five years ago, and the agreement is an extension of this long-standing relationship. “We have a lot of trust between the companies and this has helped us reach this agreement,” says Nuno Pereira, Managing Director of Bestfly. “ We have seen a dramatic rise in demand over the last couple of years, and Sonangol has acknowledged the increased volume of our uptake. We are delighted they have agreed to work with us to enable a more efficient service to our customers, “ adds Pereira. The placement of the bowser at the Bestfly FBO supports an even better turn round time.

Executive aircraft movements in and out of Luanda International Airport continue to grow as the mineral and energy markets grow; and the diversification of the Angolan economy continues. The new deal will support this growth. The bowser began operations in April 2015, and has already fuelled aircraft up to Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ320 in size. For larger aircraft Sonangol will provide a second bowser as needed. “Our customers have an improved experience as a result of the deal and we are delighted to be one of the few FBOs in Africa that can supply aviation fuel direct to the aircraft, its still unusual on the continent for an FBO to control their fuel supply but we hope this is the start of a trend” adds Pereira.

From: Emerald Media, UK
EAN Aviation, Lagos, New Look Lounge
5/18/2015 4:00:59 PM

EBACE Press Release 18May14

EAN creates new-look VIP Lounge at Lagos FBO                            


EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based integrated business aviation services company, returns to EBACE (African Pavilion, Booth A065) with the news that it is completely refurbishing its FBO VIP Lounge at Murtala Muhammed International Airport following a period of increased customer demand. The facility, which represents a sizeable investment, will be completed to the highest international standards and reinforces the company’s commitment to provide a superior quality of service for its customers. Managed by EAN’s team of highly trained customer relations and operations staff, the FBO will be headed by Tayo Aiyetan, an aviation professional with over eighteen years experience, and a proven track record of excellent service delivery across Africa. It is anticipated that the FBO renovation will be complete by 1 July 2015.

The new VIP Lounge, which comprises approximately 170 square meters of floor space, has been thoughtfully designed to create a contemporary look and feel. The interior blends visual elements from the aviation world with contemporary styling whilst considering the varying needs of visitors. The combination will generate a high degree of elegance, comfort and privacy whilst maintaining full functionality and efficiency for passengers and crew.

Key features include comfortable, spacious seating for up to 25 passengers at any one time, whilst a separate private area provides further sumptuous seating for up to eight passengers. There is a dedicated buffet providing light refreshments, along with a selection of hot and cold beverages.

The designated crew area inside the VIP Lounge incorporates a new crew flight planning workstation with the latest connectivity and printing facilities. Also, a comfortable seating area will complement the existing crew offering that offers hotel style accommodation and a relaxation lounge.

The new-look modern FBO has been designed by Project Interiors – a vibrant Nigerian company that specialises in commercial design projects. The style was inspired by modern African luxury and much emphasis has been placed on creating surroundings that customers will feel completely at ease in, but that still offer a contemporary look. Local artwork, patterns and objets d’art will blend to add an authentic Nigerian ambience. .Segun Demuren, CEO of EAN commented: “As an independent FBO we wanted to create our own look and feel. We think the result will really delight our customers and all of the team at EAN is excited about the plans. Our current facility provides a seamless experience for our customers but with our planned offering clients will be welcomed into a stylish, well appointed, luxurious environment that has been designed to enhance our excellent customer service and exceed their expectations.”

EAN’s FBO serves a wide range of clients including those travelling for domestic leisure or business reasons, through to executive shuttles and global passengers travelling on heavy metal from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and America.

From: Emerald Media Ltd. UK.

Astra Aviation
5/15/2015 5:43:51 PM

EBACE Press Release
15 May 2015

Astra Aviation operations move to 24/7 as it marks ten years of operations  

Ahead of this year’s EBACE 2015 Astra Aviation, the UK – based African flight services provider, has ramped up its operations with a move to 24/7 office hours beginning on 1st of June. The decision to put a permanent night shift in place at its Johannesburg office aims to provide customers with improved support and immediate responses to inquiries and requests. The new full-time, year round office demonstrates Astra Aviation’s commitment to support this growing part of its business.

Astra Aviation will also be marking ten years of operations in Africa when it makes its debut EBACE presence on the AfBAA pavilion booth A065. To celebrate the occasion Astra Aviation is offering any visiting delegate who signs up at EBACE a 10% discount on all Astra provided services for the 10 weeks following the European show.

As it marks its tenth year Phil Eyre, Director and Founder of Astra Aviation says “We are well known in the commercial and cargo sector and whilst we are active in the business aviation sector we want to further expand our client base. EBACE gives us a great opportunity to do so.” Astra Aviation has been a member of AfBAA since the Association launched and will use its presence on the Africa Pavilion as an opportunity to network with African aviation stakeholders, present its wide array of flight support services and talk up its extensive knowledge of this vast continent’s aviation activity.

The company was launched by Eyre from his spare room at home in 2005, consulting to African start-up airlines and ground handling agents. Since opening its first office in Angola the company has gone from strength to strength with offices following in Nigeria, Mauritius and Rwanda. Today it employs over 60 staff across eight African countries, Angola, Conakry Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia providing flight support services to business, cargo and commercial aviation.

Complementing its own team Astra Aviation has partners in a further 40 countries offering a range of flight support services including catering, crew services, fuelling, flight supervisor provision, ground handling, landing permits.

Astra Aviation invites all media to come and get a slice of the action when Phil Eyre will cut a celebratory cake on Wednesday at 16.00 at the AfBAA pavilion A065

Dublin Int/EIDW VIP Service to be discontinued
5/11/2015 6:08:02 PM
08MAY15: Dublin International Airport/EIDW, operated by the Dublin Airport Authority, has informed FBOs based on the airport that their Platinum Services & VIP Lounge facilities will cease to operate from June 1st. No new bookings are being accepted. The decision appears to have been taken as a result of difficulties the DAA are having in getting staff to accept new arrangements. The two FBOs located at EIDW, Signature Flight Support & Universal Aviation will both be affected as many of their clients availe of the facility for outbound security screening. This will now have to take place at Gate Post 32 airport staff & 3rd party service providers access point.

East Hamptom Airport, NY (KHTO) Restrictions
5/9/2015 10:54:09 AM
NATA submitted a letter May 7th to the East Hampton Town Supervisor Board urging it to reconsider and repeal its recentl approved restrictions on the use of the airport. The letter is in response to the Council’s scheduelled hearing that will consider additional changes to the recently approved restrictions including the adoption of penalties.

In March, NATA & other major GA associations submitted comments to the  Board in opposition to the town’s proposal to restrict operations at East Hampton Airport (KHTO), New York, and its related airport infrastructure plan.

In the letter, NATA Senior VP for Government Affairs, Bill Deere, emphasized that the imposition and structure of the restrictions will have a detrimental impact on aviation businesses operating at the airport, including the loss of good paying jobs & result in expensive litigation, “While NATA understands the concerns that have led to the development of these restrictions & the GA community shares the town’s desire to maintain a clean and quiet community of beaches & surrounding protected lands, the restrictions are nothing less than local job killers that are a serious violation of the federal regulations related to airport grant assurances.”


SSR International Airport, Mauritius
5/6/2015 5:03:30 PM



**YU Lounge celebrates the official grand opening ceremony of its new state-of-the-art hangar facility in Mauritius **


Port Louis, Mauritius (May 6, 2015) - The event is taking place in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius at the YU Lounge premises, located at the SSR International Airport. This official opening ceremony marks the end of a two-year-long project at a cost of $3 million, measuring 1800 square feet with the ability to accommodate 4 Falcon 900 or 2 Global express jets.

"Private jet arrivals in Mauritius have witnessed a constant growth with around 200 to 300 jets arriving annually. The hangar is designed to support this fast growing aviation industry and to efficiently meet the maintenance and safety requirements of the business jet owners," said Mr Nirvan Veerasamy Co-founder and Managing Director of the Veling Group. " We have raised the bar on innovation and customer service, which places Mauritius ahead of the other airports available in the region"


YU Lounge is a Private Terminal owned and operated by the Veling Hospitality Group, which was founded in 2002 by Uday Nayak and Nirvan Veerasamy. In operations since December 2008 and May 2014, the YU Lounge Mauritius and the YU Lounge St Kitts are state of the art private terminals located away from public terminals and encompassing a luxury lounge designed for discerning passengers travelling on commercial airliners and private jets. It is a one of a kind concept and experience in airline travel combining the finest in hospitality and travel services all the way to the footstep of an aircraft. Save time and avoid hassle.

Our mission is to make arrivals, stopovers and departures as smooth as possible for passengers and crew, providing a customized spectrum of aircraft care services. These personalized services are offered by professional with good expertise, exceptional skills in servicing and understanding the importance of the business aviation world while remaining completely focused on guest satisfaction. The dedicated teams are hand picked for their commitment to the job and are highly committed to their assignment and delivering assistance beyond expectation.



YU Lounge, SSR International Airport, Plaine Magnien, Mauritius

Tel. (+230) 603 66 66 / Fax. (+230) 603 66 77 /

Sky Valet buys Spains Gestair FBO
5/5/2015 11:39:30 PM

Sky Valet have announced the acquisition of Gestair FBO, the Spanish ground handling network specialising in business aviation.

Sky Valet, an FBO brand specialising in ground handling services for business aviation at the Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur Group, has announced the acquisition of 100% of Gestair FBO, a handling company belonging to the Gestair Group. Sky Valet thus becomes a European player independent of all business aviation operators.

This strategic development ranks it as one of the leading FBOs in Europe in terms of quality of service and scope of its network

HOTAC & Golf in Lagos, Nigeria
5/5/2015 11:21:37 PM
Golf View Hotel & Suites - Crew Rates & Free Golf.
Near Lagos International Airport - Contact Nataliya Rogozhyna
Feed back from a European based Loadmaster "Very nice, great bar, pool & free golf"
Low Fuel Lagos/DNMM
5/4/2015 11:21:21 PM
05MAY2015: Total & Conoil low stocks Jet A-1. Cita has fuel but for carnet operations only. Before departing for DNMM or any Nigerian airport first check availability with your trip support service provider.
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