Wellington Airport announced that construction work on a new aircraft hangar facility will commence in January.
The building, approximately 2,000 square metres in size, will be located on the Western Apron area of the airport with a street address at 91 Tirangi Road .
The hangar has been designed to host all aircraft regularly using the airport, including the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft operated by airlines serving international routes from the capital. The building will be used for aircraft storage and light maintenance.
Global business aviation services provider, ExecuJet, has been appointed as the operator of the facility. Headquartered in Zürich , Switzerland , ExecuJet operates in six regions worldwide – Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East , and has a workforce of over 800 staff. The ExecuJet Aviation Group manages over 150 business jets under the regulatory oversight of eight regional civil aviation issued air operating certificates (AOCs), including a New Zealand AOC issued by the CAA in November 2010.
Steven Fitzgerald, CEO of Wellington Airport said, “This is a significant development for the airport, marking the beginning of the redevelopment of the Western Apron area and the establishment of a world-class aircraft handling facility in New Zealand’s capital city. We are especially pleased to have attracted a truly global operator in ExecuJet and we look forward to working with the ExecuJet team to attract new business to Wellington .”
Darren McGoldrick, Managing Director ExecuJet Australasia commented, “This region is an especially buoyant one with a high and increasing proportion of businesses operating internationally and regionally who recognise the time-saving benefits and ease of aircraft charter. We look forward to introducing our international experience in aircraft sourcing, maintenance, charter services and technical assistance into the New Zealand market.”