A new Gulfstream aircraft service center has been approved at TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK, which will bring considerable investment and up to 500 jobs to the local community, according to the local borough council.
The new 21,000m2 (226,000ft2) purpose-built maintenance, repair and overhaul center is expected to be open by June 2020 and will provide Gulfstream with a new service center for Europe, with office space, parking, workshops and a hangar able to accommodate 13 business jets. The whole site comprises 8.9 hectares of land in the northeast corner of the airport and building work is expected to begin in April next year.
Once fully-operational, the total number of annual business aviation movements at TAG Farnborough would rise to approximately 29,000, well within the permitted 50,000 movements. As at present, flying times would also be restricted to between 07:00am and 10:00pm on week days and 08:00am to 08:00pm at weekends and on bank holidays.
As part of the planning consent, Rushmoor borough council has asked Gulfstream to draw up a noise management plan to protect workers on the nearby Farnborough Business Park. Construction work will only take place during restricted hours.
Members of Rushmoor borough council’s Development Management Committee approved the plans at a meeting on Wednesday, November 7. Councillor Barbara Hurst, Rushmoor borough council’s Cabinet member for planning and economy, said, “We are really looking forward to welcoming Gulfstream to Rushmoor. This is great news for the local economy and employment and it strengthens the town’s growing international reputation in business aviation.
“Gulfstream will join a thriving business community in Farnborough that already includes a number of top global brands.”