Investing in additional hangar space
From Jersey Airport,
29 August 2017
Ports of Jersey has submitted a planning application to construct three new aircraft hangars on the western part of the airfield to fulfil the increasing demand for hangarage space from both local and visiting aircraft owners.
If approved, the three hangars, which will each measure some 21,500 square feet will be made by renowned Canadian manufacturing company Sprung. Ports of Jersey thoroughly reviewed a variety of hangar options for the site and opted for the Sprung produced ones as not only have they been well tested to withstand harsh weather and climate conditions but if necessary due to their versatile structure, are designed to be easily relocatable and if required, reconfigurable.
Initial interest has been expressed by five potential clients and with the planning application now submitted Ports of Jersey is in a position to negotiate terms.
Corporate & General Aviation Development Manager for Ports of Jersey, Lee McConnell, says, "This significant investment by Ports of Jersey is sending a positive message to the global business jet market of our increasing confidence in the corporate aviation industry, which can only improve our credibility and visibility internationally in this forum, which in turn will attract more inward investment, aviation activity and local aviation sector job growth".
Ports of Jersey is investing up to £10m in what is one of its most significant landmark projects. If approved, construction is likely to take up to two months to complete and a local contractor will be appointed, working alongside a technical consultant from Sprung.
Mr McConnell concludes, "We currently have a strong foundation of private aircraft based in Jersey, some of which are looking for new facilities. We also benefit from the Island's strategic and geographical location within two of Europe's busiest aviation traffic zones for corporate jet traffic, namely Paris and London, and may attract additional off-island aircraft also using our facilities as a stop off location for hangarage and fuel services".
Outside of all the prominent London airports, Jersey is considered to be the fifth busiest airport for corporate jet movements in the British Isles.