May 20, 2014
Geneva (May 20, 2014) – Universal Aviation (exhibit # 6534) and Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ) announced at EBACE 2014 in Geneva that the airport’s FBO will become a co-branded member of the Universal Aviationsm ground support network. Under the agreement, Universal Aviation will partner with the airport to operate the FBO, which will adhere to the same consistent procedures, standards and training protocol at all Universal Aviation locations.
“Le Castellet is seeing increased traffic and usage as both a great destination and technical stop in the Cotes d’Azur region. We identified a need to partner with a ground support provider with a proven track record of high standards and customer service to meet that demand,” said François Andre, Director General, Le Castellet Airport. “We believe Universal Aviation will enhance service levels for operators to Le Castellet and that the well-known and respected Universal Aviation brand will help further increase awareness of the value Le Castellet offers.”
“Our partnership with Le Castellet will help increase our clients’ operating flexibility when traveling to the high-traffic South of France region,” said Jonathan Howells, Senior Vice President, Universal®. “Le Castellet is strategically located on the Cotes D’Azur and will provide our clients with longer-term parking options, as well as an extremely convenient jumping off point for road or helicopter transfers to destinations including St Tropez and nearby locations.”
In addition to ample long-term parking, Le Castellet has a tremendous ground handling team and many features making it an attractive destination for business aviation operators, including a 6,000 foot runway, large BBJ-sized hangars, 5-star and 3-star hotels onsite, and its proximity to the Circuit Paul Ricard Formula 1 track, added Howells.
Universal Aviation also recently enhanced its presence in the South of France by adding a strategic new member to the team, via the appointment of Isabelle Canton, who will serve as Senior Universal Aviation Representative – South of France. Canton will provide ground handling and operational coordination, or onsite supervision at key airports in the strategic South of France and Corsica regions, including Le Castellet.
Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has more than 40 locations in 19 countries, including 12 in Europe with the addition of Le Castellet.
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