Al Bateen Executive Airport and gategroup Sign Letter of Intent to Establish Onsite Executive Catering UnitBy Gategroup, PRNE
Sunday, December 26, 2010
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates and ZURICH, December 27, 2010 - Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi Airports Company's (ADAC)
dedicated business aviation airport in the Middle East, signed a letter of
intent at MEBA 2010 in Dubai with Switzerland-based gategroup to provide high
quality catering and aircraft provisioning services to business aircraft
using Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Under a proposed long-term agreement, gategroup's core brand, Gate
Gourmet, would establish an on-site kitchen staffed around the clock with
highly trained chefs producing gourmet meals from the highest quality
ingredients, among other hospitality-related services.
"This is an important development for gategroup and its Middle East joint
venture partners, Western Group and Sultan International Holding. The Al
Bateen project will represent gategroup's first operational presence in the
Middle East, and a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the
fast-growing region," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois. "We are very proud to be
working with ADAC, which reflects positively on Gate Gourmet's reputation for
innovation, expertise and high quality service," he added.
"We see Al Bateen as the future business aviation hub for the Middle East
and believe this is the natural location to roll out gategroup's VIP catering
concept for the first time in the region," said Pierre Guggenheim, President
of gategroup's Middle East region.
Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi is witnessing unprecedented
growth in traffic from based operators and visiting aircraft alike. The
airport will have handled almost 8,000 movements in 2010, an increase of over
30 percent versus 2009.
Stephen Jones, General Manager for Al Bateen Executive Airport,
commented: "Traffic is increasing rapidly because of the airport's convenient
location however we need to ensure that Al Bateen offers the highest quality
facilities and services otherwise we don't offer value to the customer. The
establishment of a bespoke business aviation caterer is the first of many
initiatives we will put in place to ensure that Al Bateen becomes the
business airport everybody wants to fly to."
ADAC has already invested US$50 million in turning the 50-year-old
military airport into a luxury business aviation gateway with an impressive
VVIP passenger terminal. This latest announcement follows the installation of
a brand new Instrument Landing System (ILS).
gategroup is the leading independent global provider of onboard services
to companies that serve people on the move. gategroup comprises 11 brands,
which are deSter, eGate Solutions, Elan, Gate Aviation, Gate Gourmet, Gate
Safe, Harmony, Performa, potmstudios, Pourshins and Supplair.
The Group's world-class capabilities are focused in catering and
hospitality; provisioning and logistics; and onboard solutions. Shares of
Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol
GATE. Please visit www.gategroup.com.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the largest operator of airports in
the UAE, was created in 2006 to spearhead the redevelopment of the Emirate's
aviation infrastructure and is an integral partner in the Government of Abu
Dhabi's Plan 2030. Wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, the company is
headquartered at its principal asset, Abu Dhabi International Airport. Please
About Al Bateen Executive Airport
Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the
first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region;
conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business
district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. Please visit
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