Gama Aviation invests £3.8 million at Glasgow Airport
14 November 2013
Gama Aviation has opened a brand new maintenance hangar and executive aircraft handling facility at Glasgow Airport.
Representing an investment of £3.8 million, the facility creates a number of new engineering, operations and customer service jobs.
The centre was designed and built by a number of Scottish firms, all Glasgow based, including The Kerr Practice, CCG, The Hope Partnership, Dewar Associates, Summit Renewable Services and FX Signs.
Not only does the new facility provide a modern and convenient aircraft charter base for Gama Aviation’s Scottish based customers, but the Gama Aviation Executive Terminal (FBO) will be operational in readiness for the prestigious golf tournament, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games, when the city expects to handle a large volume of business and VIP visitors.
Gama Aviation also presents today a newly delivered Beechcraft King Air 350C multi role business turboprop aircraft, (G-GMAD) which will be available for charter from Scotland. Featuring an eight seat luxury interior, the aircraft will be popular with local executives seeking easy, reliable access to the more remote parts of Scotland, along with offering a cost effective and efficient mode of transport for trips to the UK and Europe. It will also serve as an ad-hoc additional aircraft to support the Scottish Air Ambulance service and will be available for freight and cargo charter too.
Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland commenced in 1993. Gama Aviation will provide full base and line maintenance in the new hangar, to support the Beechcraft King Air 200s operating this essential service for the Scottish Air Ambulance. In addition Gama Aviation anticipates significant third party aircraft maintenance activity coming to Glasgow.
The air ambulance service is an essential component of the provision of healthcare in Scotland. These specially equipped aircraft together with the highly trained medical and flight crews provide round-the-clock cover for routine and urgent patient transfer.
Marwan Khalek, chief executive of Gama Aviation, said: "We are delighted to complete the first phase of this significant investment project, which is a great showcase for our wide ranging aviation capabilities – all under one roof. We are extremely proud to have been here in Scotland for over two decades and this new facility underlines our long term commitment to this region.
"We are also delighted to announce the creation of new jobs in Glasgow and we look towards Phase 2 of our investment programme, when will double the hangarage and handling capacity of our new facility in 2014."
He thanked Glasgow Airport, the Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS Scotland, the many local partners and contractors and Gama Aviation’s investors for their support and co-operation in the accomplishment of this nine- month build project.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "This new facility is a fantastic vote of confidence in the city of Glasgow and the airport. Gama Aviation is making a considerable investment, creating jobs and new business, and the announcement of a second phase of investment underlines this commitment. By using local suppliers right through the design and construction process it has also ensured the economy in this area benefits even further.
"Glasgow Airport has always been home to a wide range of aviation services and this new facility is a fantastic addition, which provides more scope for dedicated business flights as well as the hugely important Scottish Air Ambulance service. The airport is investing heavily to improve our facilities ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and this new state-of-the-art aviation centre is a hugely welcome addition."