BUSINESS AVIATION BOOMS
WITH 2010 WORLD CUP
Travolta and family among VIP who flew into Lanseria
FBO has been very busy receiving VIPs who
chose to travel with business jets into South
Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Actor and Pilot
John Travolta who is also Ambassador for Qantas
Airlines landed his Boeing 707 from Buenos
Aires to Lanseria Airport to lend his support
to the Australian National Team. He was accompanied
by his wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella.
With the influx of visiting aircraft, additional
parking space has had to be arranged with
Lanseria International Airport. Business jets
are being parked on the ExecuJet apron, the
Lanseria freight apron, as well as on the
parallel runway 06R.
personnel have been working 12 hour shifts, 24/7
with the additional support of 15 temporary FBO
experienced workers. Approximately 160 different
aircraft and over 350 movements are already confirmed
to arrive at ExecuJet’s Lanseria FBO for the
duration of the soccer tournament.
ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO, meanwhile, will
handle approximately 120 international aircraft
over the period, although this is increasing daily.
This represents a 300% increase in movements.
“The majority of aircraft arrivals are inbound
from the USA and Europe, but South America and African
countries are commonly filing for last minute requests
and additional request for already confirmed arrivals
is a daily occurrence, especially before each game.“
said Mark Abbott, ExecuJet Aviation Group FBO Director
“There is a real buzz at the FBOs here. It’s
very exciting and everyone is working really hard.“
ExecuJet South Africa’s charter department
experienced an upswing with many soccer supporters
travelling around the country in chartered aircraft.
On Tuesday 22 June, the company’s Lanseria
base broke another record with 34 chartered aircraft
movements during a 16 hour period. This is equivalent
to a departure or arrival every 20 minutes The ExecuJet
FBO facility at Lanseria near Johannesburg handled
197 business jet movements in the first week including
arrivals from 27 Heads of State.
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