TERUEL AIRPORT WILL HAVE 4 LOGISTIC WAREHOUSES AND 2 NEW HANGARS TO IMPULSE AEROSPACE SECTOR

Source: Heraldo de Aragón 8/11/19

The Consortium of Teruel Airport is determined to diversify activities in the facilities apart from maintenance, parking, aircraft recycling, rocket engine testing, general aviation or air works. Therefore, in the coming months, will be carried out the construction of four new logistic warehouse and two new hangars, in order to facilitate the installation of potential customers related to the aeronautics and, in particular with the aerospace sector, including the storage of aeronautical parts, aircraft painting and executive aviation.

The first logistics ship with a surface area of 900 square metres and a height of up to 6 metres, which will be used for the storage of aircraft parts and for the non-destructive testing of materials and equipment. In this case, its design will allow its modular extension.

The company Tecnología de Firmes, Tecnofirme, executed the project and work file, waiting for it to resolve at the end of the month the public tender for its exploitation by concession for a period of 25 years, extendable for another ten years. The works involved an outlay of 232.500 euros, which will be recovered more than thanks to the annual fee, set at a minimum of 20.400 euros/year, to be paid by the successful company.

At the same time, the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Teruel Airport plans to approve shortly the new tender documents for the construction of three other logistics ships, their access and connections. In this case, of 528 square metres each, and the total tender budget will amount to 450.000 euros. Construction will take place in the southern part of the existing hangars, next to the southeast of the aircraft apron. All three logistics ships will be aligned with the hangar access road and there will be a seven-metre gap between them. The first call for proposals was published last spring for 390.000 euros, but was left empty. Now it will come out again with the budget of 450.000 euros.

The intention is to meet the demand "in aeronautical or aerospace-related activities", although it could also be used, more specifically, "for executive, general aviation and air work".

In parallel, the consortium is proceeding with its plans to build a double hangar with the capacity to house up to two Airbus 380 or six A321/ B737. The company in charge of designing it has already delivered the project. Its 16,200 square meters of surface area will make it the second largest installation in the country and its tender budget will be close to 20 million. After the tender and 20 months of work, it is expected to be put into service in early 2022.

The draft of an aircraft painting hangar with a tender budget of 4.800.000 euros has also been drafted to undertake its construction in order to open a new line of business at the airport.

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Growth, innovation, investment and aeronautical diversification at Teruel Airport

About to close the third quarter of 2019 it is estimated that the operating income of the Teruel Airport increases by 15% compared to the previous year, continuing the growing trend of income and activities since its opening to air traffic almost seven years ago. It should be noted that in 2019 the operating income exceeds 50% of the operating expenses, even though the staff has been doubled to carry out the expansion process.

The innovative airport platform of Teruel, PLATA, positioned as the largest parking, maintenance and recycling center for large aircraft in Europe, with a growing activity that exceeds the average of 260 accesses of persons per day.

The first half of 2019 has exceeded 3,000 air operations and in the last 3 years about 13,000 have been accounted. Since the beginning of the supply of aviation fuel 4 years ago they exceed 6 million liters.

Innovation participation grows in H2020 projects with several countries, as well as calls from the Ministry of Industry, recently receiving the World Innovation Award, denominated Quality Innovation Award, in Beijing, China.

Its unique and successful business model continues to diversify in maintenance, parking, preservation, aircraft recycling, rocket engine tests, flight tests, aerial work, flight schools, RPAS, R&D&I, creating new business opportunities in the thriving aeronautical logistics sector. Teruel Airport is in the advanced construction phase of a 900 m2 logistics warehouse located in the air zone and intended for the storage of aeronautical material.

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Teruel Airport is currently in an important moment of strong growth, so it is necessary to provide it with adequate infrastructure that can absorb such growth. A Phase II Aircraft Platform Expansion project has been drafted, which will allow expanding the current platform area for the maintenance and parking of aircraft by approximately 37,000 m2, which will be added with a total of almost 100,000 m2.

Also, coinciding with the end of September 2019, the project for the construction of a hangar with capacity up to two A380s, the largest commercial passenger aircraft flying today, will be completed. The projected installation will be equipped with a platform, logistics area, attached offices and parking areas.

Similarly, the airport is in the final phase of a project of a paint hangar for aircraft up to type A350-900.

Strengthens a strong social commitment for the generation of qualified jobs, taking 4 years with the seal of Social Responsibility of Aragon and implementing the Quality Management Systems according to ISO 9001 and the Environmental Management System with ISO 14001.

It is therefore a clear commitment to the aeronautical sector that allows continued growth in this industry, generate qualified employment and improve competitiveness in the future, and thus, strengthen the current position of Teruel Airport as one of the centers of excellence worldwide within the maintenance, painting, parking and recycling sector, covering the entire life cycle of large commercial operating aircraft.

 

Teruel Airport, a high flight business

Source: Cinco Días July 31, 2019

The Aragonese public entity is today the largest parking, maintenance and recycling platform for aircraft in Europe.

Teruel is not a conventional airport. Out of the frantic passenger swoop, aircraft wander here - large and at various stages of their useful life - since they were put into operation seven years ago. A unique airfield in Spain, hence its success, belonging to the Government of Aragon (60%) and the City of Teruel (40%), which has become the largest parking, maintenance and recycling platform for aircraft in Europe.

Known among its clients from more than 40 countries - English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Brazilian ... - as PLATA (Teruel Airport Platform), its most artistic and commercial name, this public consortium is responsible for managing both infrastructures such as the investments of the 340 hectares that make up the installation, in which nine people work and receive annual operating income of about three million euros in 2019 that exceeds 50% of operating expenses, achieving profitability in a few years of operation and surpassing revenues to about 20 airports in the national network, explains Alejandro Ibrahim Perera, its first General Director since 2012.

Resources come from the fees, rates and prices charged to airlines, concessionaires and various clients that operate there and that provide preservation services (long-stay accommodation), maintenance and recovery of aircraft, and other pioneering projects such as rocket engine tests among others of aerial work, flight school, drones, aeronautical logistics, etc., details Alejandro Ibrahim.

At present, there are several companies that employ about 400 workers, in addition to the indirect ones generated by the works, logistics or the need for subcontractors. "We are the only airport in Spain dedicated in an innovative way to aeronautical activity and which is focused on environmental industrial reconversion," he adds. The good forecasts mean that for its strong growth it will continue to be invested and soon great works of a double superhangar with a capacity of up to two A380s will begin, a painting aircraft hangar with a capacity of up to A350 and the extension in 37,000 square meters of the parking platform .

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