Posted on: 30 July 2019 by Chloe Greenbank
Offering the world’s largest network of Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), Signature Flight Support has added six airports to its network of aircraft handling stations in Italy. Part of a major expansion of its European business aviation support services, Signature’s in-country presence now totals nine aircraft handling stations.
Existing locations at Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa and Rome Ciampino are complemented by the addition of Bergamo Orio al Serio, Catania, Florence, Naples, Palermo and Pisa. operating permits, slot acquisition, and PPR approvals are added to the portfolio of handling services coordinated from Signature’s 24/7 Italian operations centre at Milan-Linate airport.
Explaining the reason behind the expansion in Italy, John-Angus Smith, Signature’s managing director, EMEA said: “Signature has identified Italy as a key strategic market for business aircraft operations in Europe. By adapting our business model to conform to local conditions, including our joint venture with SEA Prime and our latest handler arrangements at several Italian airports, we have developed a comprehensive support network for business aircraft operators visiting major airports throughout the country.”
Although Milan-Linate is now temporarily closed for three months while the runway is rehabilitated, the ENAC certification at Bergamo’s Orio al Serio International Airport, alongside the inauguration of a new General Aviation Terminal at Milan’s Malpensa Airport will allow for the continuation of business aviation arrivals to northern Italy during Linate’s closure.