New private jet terminal at St Kitts

Plans have been announced for a new private jet terminal (FBO) on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The private jet facility will be located at the existing Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, with private jet flights able to land and depart from 2013.

The new terminal will cost about $15 million to build and will feature VIP lounges, a business centre, offices and a landscaped courtyard. London-based Veling Limited will build the private jet FBO, with ownership transferred to the government’s St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) at the end of the contract.

This is great news for St Kitts and comes as it focusses on attracting luxury travellers, with new premium hotels and resorts being built and other planned upgrades to tourist attractions in the pipeline – all designed to appeal to the VIP tourist and keep them coming back for more.

The first and last impressions of a destination are also hugely important. For private jet users the efficiency and quality of the airport FBO can make the difference between a one-off visit or a highly-favoured, annual holiday destination.

A recent example of how a new FBO has hugely benefitted a region can be seen in Nice, France. The new FBO at Nice is a quality building and creates a professional and stylish welcome for the most influential visitors who arrive by private jet. It now seems almost unbelievable that such a busy private jet hub as Nice airport – which attracts private jet users in large numbers over the summer season in particular – had such a terrible FBO for so many years prior to this new building.

Well done St Kitts – this is a great investment for your island’s economy.

Posted: February 16th, 2011 by Adam Twidell

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