Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Fixed Based Operator Arrives at Cape May County Airport (KWWD), Wildwood, New Jersey

CAPE MAY - Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced that FlightLevel Cape May, LLC has signed a lease agreement to provide aviation-related services at the Cape May Airport (WWD) as an Independent Fixed Based Operator (FBO). These services comprise fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft maintenance, and other aviation-related support functions. The Authority is the operator of the Cape May Airport. FlightLevel Cape May began business operations at the Airport earlier this month.

“A quality FBO is an important piece of an airport’s business portfolio,” said Steve Williams, Airports Director for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “This is especially true in a seasonal resort area like Cape May where so many seasonal residents use personal or corporate aircraft consistently from May through September. Flight Level has the experience and business expertise to not only help market the facility, but also to offer a seamless ground handling product to Cape May Airport’s demanding customers, and we look forward to working with them.”

“The entire FlightLevel team is thrilled to be adding the Cape May Airport to our network of locations,” said Peter Eichleay, President of FlightLevel. “It has been in need of a true full-service FBO for some time and we're committed to making the investment in equipment, quality personnel, and infrastructure upgrades to achieve that status. In addition to our plans for marketing the Airport, we believe that by providing the high level of customer service our customers have come to expect when they see the FlightLevel name, we can help the airport reach its true potential.” FlightLevel will be offering Shell Aviation fuel through their North American Distributor, Eastern Aviation Fuels.

Eichleay added that the Authority and airport management share FlightLevel’s vision for the Airport. “I know that it will be a good fit for years to come and we very much look forward to being part of the historic Cape May community,” he said. FlightLevel also operates FBO locations in Norwood, MA, Brunswick, ME, and Lakeland, FL.

FlightLevel Cape May, LLC is leasing approximately 19,000 square feet of space in Building 110 located at 375 Forrestal Road, including all associated equipment and vehicles along with operating a ramp management agreement for three (3) acres of associated aircraft ramp at the airport. The initial term of the lease is five years. With the consent of the Authority, FlightLevel Cape May, LLC. also has the option of renewing this lease agreement for two (2) option periods of five (5) years each.

"I'm very pleased with the DRBA's good work in identifying an experienced, high quality FBO for the Cape May County Airport,” said Freeholder Will Morey of Cape May County. “The DRBA has done a fine job in sustaining services in the interim and is wise to understand that the future development of the airport requires a dedicated and independent FBO operator working in concert with the DRBA and the County. We welcome FlightLevel to Cape May County and look forward to the next step forward for the airport and its users."

FlightLevel has agreed to pay the Authority a portion of collected fees for hangar, aircraft parking, and tie-downs. In addition, the Authority will receive fuel-flowage fees.

“An FBO is the first and last impression that people who fly into an airport have about the community,” said Scott Green, Executive Director for the Authority. “We are confident that FlightLevel will dazzle our customers and encourage them to visit this area more often.”

At a first class FBO, this impression is made by the quality of service experienced in terms of professionalism, customer service, and quality of facilities. A quality FBO is a key and essential component of successful economic development at an airport.

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