Omni Handling, newly rebranded, eyes new FBO opportunities

Portugal executive aircraft handling company Omni Handling is ready to expand in its local and regional markets reflecting the strong growth in business aviation growth these past 12 months. 

Already holding a 50 per cent-plus market share in Lisbon, Cascais, Porto and Faro, the company has positioned itself in readiness with a revamped brand image and logo, together with an enhanced website which can be found here.

“To boost our growth and maintain our leadership, we believe the time is now ripe to widen our offering,” said chief executive officer, Ricardo Pereira.

“We have some exciting new projects and territories planned. Top of the agenda is a brand new 150 sqm FBO in Faro and new stations in Santa Maria (Azores) and Madeira.”

Business aviation movements in and out of Portugal have grown 22.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, according to WingX data. That period saw over 500 large jet movements.

Bombardier Globals topped the leader board with 92 departures in the period, representing a 33.3 per cent growth (18 per cent of the total), Gulfstream G650/G600 departures were up 150 per cent during the first three months of 2019. In the light bizav category, Pilatus PC-12 movements were up 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, delivering a 10 per cent year on year growth.

Faro, capital of the Algarve is doing especially well with a 10.4 per cent in movements, while Cascais, another main Omni Handling station, grew 19.5 per cent in the same period. “We want to capitalise on the growth, support our existing customers and attract new ones,” Pereira said.