Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded Jetex a concession to manage and operate the VIP Terminals at Al Bateen Executive Airport (OMAD) in the UAE capital. Since 2008, the airport has operated as an executive jet facility, focusing on fast and efficient turnarounds, no holding patterns or slot restrictions, and short taxi times, Jetex said. Located in the heart of the city, OMAD provides convenient access to Abu Dhabi’s financial, tourist, and entertainment destinations.
Jamal Al Dhaheri, managing director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said he hoped the move would reinvigorate the “tailor-made” business aviation airport. “As a dedicated FBO operator well versed with the needs and requirements of this specific market segment, we look forward to collaborating with Jetex and successfully delivering great value to all our passengers,” he said.
AIN understands that the concession involves FBO management at the airport and that a separate Royal Terminal will remain under existing supervision.
Jetex founder and CEO Adel Mardini said the chance to work at the business aviation-only facility would complete Jetex’s offering in the UAE, where it also operates at the VIP Terminal at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) and an operations center at Dubai International (OMDB).
“Al Bateen is the only business aviation airport in the region,” he told AIN. “It is used only by business jets. It’s a great facility and location.”