Stewart Airport Signs New Company to Support Operations

By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
July 13, 2016 Updated: July 13, 2016

The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey announced on July 11 that Signature Flight Support will start operations as the fixed base operator (FBO) at Stewart International Airport. The FBO at Stewart was formerly operated by Airborne Aviation.

As FBO, Signature’s services will include fueling, ground handling, maintenance, hanger space rentals, and amenities for passengers and crew.

“Signature Flight Support offers unparalleled hospitality and service, making it a vital asset to Stewart International Airport,” said Ed Harrison, general manager of the airport.

Stewart adds to Signature’s presence in New York and New Jersey, which operates facilities at Teterboro, Westchester, Newark Liberty, Atlantic City, Syracuse, Trenton/Mercer County, and Morristown airports.  

We have a long-term, optimistic view for business and general aviation in New York
— Maria Sastre, President and COO, Signature Flight Support

Maria Sastre, president and COO for Signature Flight Support, noted the solid work relationship with the Port Authority. “Signature has invested heavily in the two states and we have a long-term, optimistic view for business and general aviation in New York and New Jersey.”

Stewart is a convenient relief airport and offers options for aircraft that want to reposition and park outside of the New York/New Jersey metro areas, according to Patrick Sniffen, vice president of marketing for Signature Flight.

Signature Flight Support commenced operations at Stewart on July 7. The FBO will be a fully branded Signature Flight Support location and offer Signature TailWins (a rewards program for pilots) and Signature Status Rewards (a reward program for aircraft) for its customers once the operational transition is fully completed.

The addition of Stewart brings the Signature Flight Support network total to 200 global locations.

Positioned for Growth

Harrison and his team has worked to grow the airport’s traffic. “Today’s announcement highlights the Port Authority’s efforts to position the airport for growth while encouraging air service development opportunities beyond commercial and cargo. We look forward to this continued partnership as it helps to strengthen our airport’s role as an economic driver that creates jobs for the region.”  

A BBA Aviation plc company, Signature is the world’s largest FBO and distribution network for business aviation services.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at 200 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

To contact this reporter, email yvonne.marcotte@epochtimes.com

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