ExecuJet St. Maarten back in business
ExecuJet’s FBO in St Maarten, which along with the rest of the island was extensively affected by Hurricane Irma, has opened its doors again and is back in business following the handling of a transient business jet.
A Dassault Falcon 8X took off from ExecuJet’s St Maarten facility in the Caribbean earlier last week, signalling the start of a return to normal operations ahead of the holiday season in December. According to a company statement, fuel is again available without restriction, and the current limitation to daylight-only flights is expected to be lifted following the restoration of navigation aids and runway lights, which is scheduled for completion by the end of this month.
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“We are immensely proud of our staff at the ExecuJet St Maarten facility,” commented Luxaviation Group FBO Director Ettore Poggi. “They have worked tirelessly to get our FBO fully operational as soon as possible while also attending to humanitarian and relief flights during the crisis.”
“As the island rebuilds, and hotels and resorts continue to reopen, I am delighted to announce that we will be returning to full strength very soon,” added ExecuJet St. Maarten FBO Managing Director Steven Kong.
Even Luxaviation Group CEO Patrick Hansen visited the site along with a group of colleagues in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, distributing supplies and assisting with the recovery; he expressed relief that all of the airport’s staff were successfully evacuated, preventing loss of life.
ExecuJet’s St Maarten FBO, located at Princess Juliana International, has also taken over general aviation passenger handling for the airport’s main terminal after its roof was ripped off during the hurricane.