Abu Dhabi to set up airport for private jets

15 July 2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) says it will establish the Middle East’s first dedicated airport for executive jets.

The group will invest AED200m ($54.5m) in building new facilities at the former military airbase at Al Bateen, 10 kilometres from the centre of Abu Dhabi.

Rudy Vercelli, chief executive officer of Adac, says the company will develop a ‘one-stop-shop’ facility for business jets, with VIP services, and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.

He says the advantage of using the site is that it requires little redevelopment. Customers will build their own docking facilities, and discussion are ongoing over how the costs of this work will be shared.

Vercelli says there has already been huge interest from executive aviation operators. The site will initially have capacity for between 20 and 30 aircraft.

The group made the announcement on 15 July, the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

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