Bangor International Airport

In June, BlueSky's Terry Spruce visited Bangor International Airport in Maine and met with Airport Director Tony Caruso and Assistant Airport Director, James Canders, to discuss business aviation at the airport.

Whilst rarely a final stop, Bangor International serves as a popular business aviation tech-stop for the refuel and replenishment of trans Atlantic flights. The airport operates its own FBO and fuel services with around 40% of its business coming from ground handling. Fractional operator NetJets uses Bangor as its preferred US Port of Entry rather than flying to New York or other East Coast locations.

The airport is looking to upgrade its FBO facility with a new passenger lounge and redesigning its crew rest area," said James Canders. "The redesign would allow the lounge facility to flow better and to give crews their own separate rest area. Currently, most of the business aviation users stay with their aircraft whilst being refuelled or replenished on the apron. The new facility will give them a choice to actually deplane from their aircraft, he adds.

Tony Caruso commented, I love this business, I particularly like the region. We pay our way. Our revenues cover our costs and any profits stay with the airport. None of our profits go to the City.

In the summer months, the airport is much busier for business aviation. We will invest in the FBO and get plenty of passengers and will make strategic investments with funds being invested annually to improve the passenger experience. With the development of long-range business aircraft, this opens up the Middle East market to the airport as a fuel and go location.

Last year Bangor International was granted a license from the US Department of the Treasury to refuel Trans-Atlantic flights to Cuba. Previously the airport could not compete for this business due to the restrictions on trade with Cuba.

Tony Caruso said, We are extremely pleased that our licensing request to service trans-Atlantic flights to Cuba was approved. It creates a level playing field to compete for this market segment with the Canadian airports that have been able to provide the service since the 1960s.

The tech-stops by any aircraft at Bangor International destined for Cuba will be allowed to refuel, de-ice, and receive catering and other crew services, but will not be allowed to disembark or load any passengers.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 6th July 2017 | Issue #423