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McKinney National Airport breaks ground on new US$16m FBO terminal

The city of McKinney has broken ground on the future home of the US$16m McKinney Air Center, a state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO) terminal at the McKinney National Airport. The terminal will span 17,000ft2, in addition to a 40,000ft2 transient hangar. Read more on this story here.

23rd April 2018

Donegal ranked as world’s most stunning runway in 2018 Scenic Airport Poll

Private jet booking platform, PrivateFly, has revealed the results of its Scenic Airport Poll 2018, with Ireland’s Donegal Airport being ranked as the world’s most beautiful landing spot. The annual survey, which was conducted in February 2018, asked 8,500 travellers to name their top landing location. Other airports listed in the top ten include Barra in Scotland, Nice in France and Queenstown in New Zealand.

12th April 2018

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Dispatchers prepare for start of Kontinental Hockey League

The Kontinental Hockey League is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008, which comprises 27 member clubs based in Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia.

In addition to the CIS countries, where FCG OPS has traditionally offered its services, Riga, Helsinki, Bratislava and Beijing are included in the ground handling network operated by the company.

Sergey Starkov, head of the FCG OPS dispatch center, said, “In previous years, we successfully served the flights of the KHL teams and had time to thoroughly study their requirements. Unlike usual charter flights or business aviation flights, this requires special attention to comfortable conditions for a large group of hockey players with oversized luggage, as well as convenient logistics for their movements before and after the flight.

“Knowledge of the specific features of each airport and detailed planning of the flight make it possible to make the arrival and departure of the team as comfortable as possible.”

FCG OPS is one of the largest certified dispatch centers in Europe. It is based in Riga, and coordinates the operation of a network of ground agents at each of the airports.

The company offers a package of services to meet the requirements of a hockey team’s flights, such as special meals on board the plane, convenience, and rapid settlement of border and customs formalities, as well as the provision of additional security.

If possible, a bus is provided for picking up the team directly on the airfield or they travel through dedicated VIP areas on foot.

In addition to specific services, classic services are also offered: ground handling, refueling, issuing of landing and transit permits, and crew services including hotel accommodation and transfer.

Written by Ben Sampson


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