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Forming the future of Wanaka Airport

Residents in Wanaka, New Zealand, were encouraged to join conversations on the future of Wanaka Airport at interactive community and stakeholder engagement sessions. Discussions surrounding what the hub could evolve into by 2045 included the airport’s strengths, thoughts on the return of scheduled services and opportunities for growth.

18th June 2018



The future of flying

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has published a report in cooperation with young people think tank ThinkYoung called Expanding Horizons: How Millennials see the Future of Business Aviation. The survey asked young people aged 18-25 in Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland about mobility, business aviation and the future of sustainable personal air transport. Read more on Andrea Gerosa, founder of young people’s think-tank ThinkYoung, thoughts here

04th June 2018



Do exclusive terminals such as The Private Suite make busy commercial airports, such as LAX, more competitive with smaller airports dedicated to private and business aviation?

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This week, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) revealed The Private Suite, an exclusive new terminal that is set to open later this month at the airport. The terminal offers first and business class passengers luxurious suites with their own dedicated staff. You can read more here. 

Business Airport International would like to know:

Do exclusive terminals such as The Private Suite make busy commercial airports, such as LAX, more competitive with smaller airports dedicated to private and business aviation?

Yes, business passengers want the very best service possible
No, a business airport can offer discretion, personal service and flexibility for flights a larger airport never can
Exclusive terminals are nothing new and won't affect the business airports

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  • As an industry, should we be doing more to inspire future generations for a career in business aviation? 
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  • Business Airport International would like to know, do you see the value in collaborating with an out-of-industry company?
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  • Harnessing your knowledge of business aviation and its terminals around the world, can you guess where the terminal in the image below is situated?Weekly Poll Image
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  • Using your knowledge of famous airports and runways around the world, can you name the island-based hub pictured below?

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  • Can you name the US airport in the picture below? The hub is home to fixed-base operations from Jet Aviation and Ideal Aviation.

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  • Nestled within one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in Europe, can you name the airport pictured below?

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  • Can you name the airport pictured below? The hub is situated in a European country that is famed for its offering of cold weather activities.



  • Joe Cohen (pictured) was recently named CEO for a private jet charter company based in the UK. Can you name the company he is now at the helm of?



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