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Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) is reporting 100% growth in business aviation movements at its FBO. The company says there has been a rapid increase in aircraft movements; a broadening of originating and outgoing destinations and a growth in demand for its FBO services.
Daily movements are now running at an average of 15. Flights are arriving into the FBO predominantly from Europe with London, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France and Austria all featuring as regular starting points as they bring business executives into Nigeria.
Driving the growth is the expansion of the oil and gas energy industries which is seeing increased interest from European companies. Likewise flight arrivals from the Middle East are also growing with Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Amman rating highest in terms of originating destinations. Within the continent of Africa the movements mirror comments operators and charter brokers are making in terms of most active destinations. National flights within Nigeria and from further afield including Gambia, Cameroon, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea all reflect the increase in African business aviation activity driven by the continent’s continued expansion of energy, mineral, agricultural and telecom sectors.
Owing to the size of the continent the mid to heavy jets are proving most popular at the EAN Hangar Jet Centre. Gulfstream 400/450 models, the Bombardier Global Express family and the full range of the Bombardier Challenger types from 601s to 850s are regularly parking up at the hangar. “The range of these aircraft enable business executives and government officials travelling around Africa and further afield to the Middle East and Europe to travel in the most convenient and efficient way.
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