B Coleman Aviation, one of two service providers at Gary/Chicago International Airport, has been granted approval to begin its multiphase, long term expansion plan. It already has a US$9m FBO, which includes a 52,000ft² hangar, an 8,900ft runway and competitive fuel prices. It opened in 2014.
The first stage of the expansion will be a 40,000ft² common-use hangar just east of the existing facility. Up to four additional hangars could be added as part of the second phase, with more options for private air owners and corporate flight departments.
John Girzadas, president of B Coleman Aviation, said, “In the past two years, our business at Gary/Chicago International Airport has grown significantly and we no longer have enough space to meet demand. We believe that Gary/Chicago Airport is the most convenient and economical option for general aviation in Chicagoland. Our plans to grow reflect not only where we think the airport is today but where it is going in the future.”
Stephen Mays, chairman of Gary/Chicago International Airport, added, “B Coleman Aviation has been a trusted partner in the growth of the airport for more than two years and we’re thrilled to approve its expansion plans. There are a lot of exciting things happening at the airport, and this is the latest in public-private sector investments that will help it to grow.”