Operations increase 388% in October 2016 compare to the same month of the previous year

The number of operations at Teruel airport increased by 388% last October 2016 compared to the same month in 2015, mainly as a result of the start of activity of the British school of commercial pilots, Flying Time Aviation (FTA), in late September.

The flight practices carried out by the first students with the two light aircraft that FTA has at its Teruel base have triggered the number of landings and take-offs at the airport. The evolution will continue to rise, because next November 20 is expected to join the course between four and five more students who will be trained by three instructors, in addition to a new aircraft.

These data were provided by the director of the airport of Teruel, Alejandro Ibrahim, in a talk-colloquium organized by the “Circulo de Recreo Turolense” at its headquarters on 10th November2016.

Alejandro Ibrahim commented that those responsible for FTA have seen here an opportunity for growth with courses at a reduced price. At their Brighton headquarters, weather conditions make their students only able to practice flight for an average of two hours a day, a period that in Teruel is extended "to eight".

The flight school is the last activity that has been launched at the airport, where since its opening to air traffic, in 2013, a total of ten companies have been already implemented.

The first of these was Tarmac Aragón, which manages the largest parking and maintenance MRO center for aircraft in Europe, including in some cases recycling aircraft.

"What we are trying to do here is to complete the life cycle of an airplane. It is parked and maintained and, when they reach the end of their life cycle and can no longer be used to fly, it is recycled and the customer recovers part which they had invested in it, "he said.

The Tarmac Aragón facilities, the main business of the airport, received last February the record number of 84 large airplanes parking in the storage long-term platform, known as Campa.

He also piloted the activity of PLD Space, which has a test bench for the liquid fuel rocket engine that it develops and that aspires to become the first recoverable engine rocket of the continent, with the financial support of the European Space Agency.

These three companies are examples of the "many different activities" that is generating an airport platform that is already around 165 direct jobs after just over three years of operation, including execution of works like the current new hangar.

Among the keys to its development, its manager cited the success in choosing an industrial business model, flexibility and rapid adaptation to the needs of customers or control of operating expenses, which "are the lowest the airports of Spain for having introduced innovative management formulas", such as having on-demand fire service or automated systems and efficient management.

The objective is economic "self-sufficiency", something that is being achieved because this year 2016 the operating income 1.4 million euros (excluding VAT) and operating costs necessary for the operation of the airport will be around 850,000 euros .

In the construction of the airport, some 45 million euros were invested, a figure that Ibrahim considered "very tight", and especially when compared to the one carried out, for example, in Castellón, which was 450 million, ten times more. In addition, the investment will recover to a large extent through the fee that Tarmac pays and other settled companies.

Regarding the growth plans, he recalled that the construction of a second hangar, in which 704,000 euros have been invested, is being completed, and it is planned to expand the previous aircraft parking platform, with an initial project budget of 1,398. 381 euros. Later, it is hoped to have other facilities, such as hangars for logistics and painting of airplanes or an area for executive aviation, among others.

In the talk presentation, the president of the “Circulo de Recreo Turolense”, Mariano Giménez, pointed out that in cities such as Teruel "there are activities that are born with some misunderstanding and skepticism" of the population. "But in 2016 we can enjoy that reality that is the airport and, despite the doomsayers, I think it will last," he said.

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Three years since its opening, the airport platform of Teruel, known as Platform PLATA, faces the future with optimism. The business grows and this year will invest more than two million euros to expand its facilities, unique in Europe, designed not to carry passengers and goods, but  include the aircraft parking, maintenance and recycling.

PLATA is a strange airport. Unlike small provincial airfields, languishing without passengers or some activity, they need to expand its facilities because the current is not enough to provide the services they on which base his business.

So, this year it will invest 1.35 million euros in pavement aircraft parking with pads 11, which will run a company by Elecnor and Benito Arno. He also allocated another 785,000 euros to build a new hangar and 70,000 euros in a fiber optic line to improve airport  communications.

Its CEO, Alejandro Ibrahim, has no doubts in stating that "in the short time it has been operating, the airport is internationally known and successful; we receive flights from all over the world, with continued growing in aircraft".

PLATA is 340 hectares, the biggest aircraft parking in Europe; its runway of 2.8 kilometers, allowing the landing of any large aircraft and its climate is dry and clear and exceptional flying planes and very food for aircraft conservation. Just across the Atlantic, in the US, there is a similar facility but with no environmentally friendly use.


It was promoted by the city of Teruel, which gave the grounds of a former military airfield and the Government of Aragon, which remain the owners. It was screened in 2003 and operates from March 2013, after receiving an investment of 42 million, far from the 500 million it cost to the Ciudad Real Airport, 150 million of Castellón, 95 million of Lleida or 80 million of León.

Its main customer is Tarmac Aragón, a company owned by Airbus, Suez Environment and Safran, specializing in the arcraft parking, maintenance and recycling activity. It began operating in 2009 at the Tarbes Airport in France, and has expanded into Teruel, where it already serves the triple of aircraft in the neighboring country. It is the largest company in Europe in its field.

PLATA has an agreement with Tarmac for 25 year. During this time, they receive a concession fee of 1.25 million euros per year. Still not seen full growing annually- but fully paid the sixth year. In addition, the pavement of the parking now also bears widely the tarmac at a rate of 3% annually.

With the main source of revenue, operating income of the airport during 2015 was 850,000 euros, while expenditure totaled 900,000 euros. Ibrahim boasts that in just two years has exceeded revenue to 16 Spanish airports network and its forecasts are good and are getting income from other activities, such as helicopters, general Aviation, RPAS, flight school, rockect engines and aerospace research. In addition. this year features a British school of pilots of commercial aircraft, Flying Time Aviation.

New parking for vehicles at Teruel Airport

New parking at Teruel Airport

Teruel Airport has opened a new parking for vehicles that it is an improve in circulation and road safety of the infrastructures. Its construction has become necessary due to the strong growth that have been experienced by airport platform of Teruel, known as PLATA.

The new car park solves the needs of parking for employees of different companies installed, as well as customers, suppliers and contractors who access the airport daily to the provision of services or arrangements at the airport.

The vehicle car park has a capacity for 104 parking spaces with a total area of ​​about 3,000 square meters. It is located in the entrance area and near the airport security checkpoint.

On June 11, 2015 was awarded to E. BLASLO CONSTRUCCIONES SL the works contract for the execution of the work for an amount of 87,886.80 euros (excluding VAT). The contract was executed on June 15 and July 6 the signature of layout verification and began the civil works. The certificate of acceptance of work was signed on 7 October 2015. The contract performance period was 3 months.

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