FBO RIGA opens business aviation center

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FBO RIGA has opened its new €12.5m (US$13.9m) business aviation center at Riga International Airport, which will provide a full range of ground handling services for business aircraft, passengers and crews.

The state-of-the-art FBO RIGA Business Aviation Center will increase the number of aircraft handled by the company by 35% and in the near future the company will expand its service portfolio, adding MRO services for business jets.

“Latvia has a huge potential for the development of business aviation due to the country’s geographical location. For example, one can easily reach Stockholm, Berlin, Moscow and other European and CIS business centers within just one and a half hour flying time from Riga. High quality service is provided here at competitive rates. Thus, we can offer more favorable business aircraft handling than other European countries”, commented Leonid Gorodnitski, co-owner of FBO RIGA.

FBO RIGA Business Aviation Center consists of a modern 12,900ft² business aviation terminal, a 90,400ft² aircraft hangar, a parking apron for business jets and a helipad. The total area of the new center is 129,000ft².

Constantin Bursakovski, chairman of SIA “Ostas celtnieks”, the general contractor for FBO RIGA hangar construction, emphasized that the project was unique for Latvia in terms of both design and using superior materials in the construction. “For example, a support-free arched structure of the hangar has a span of 320ft, the width of the gate opening, and the size of the hangar itself can accommodate two hockey pitches and still have room for spectators”, said Bursakovski.

“The FBO RIGA hangar is high tech and meets the highest safety requirements. Much attention was paid to its energy efficiency and cutting time required to perform any maintenance operation. Thus, we can offer the best conditions for our customers”, noticed Gorodnitski.

The hangar is specially designed for aircraft storage and maintenance and can easily accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets, nine Gulfstream G550s or 20 Learjet-60s. An average capacity of the hangar is 12-14 business aircraft of different types.

September 8, 2015

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