Belgian private jet company ASL Group has started construction of a 2,400 sqm hangar at the international airport of Antwerp-Deurne. Expected to be completed by June 2020, this second hangar will allow the company to accommodate its fleet growth as well as to offer hangar space for FBO and business aviation customers. Ground preparation work for the construction of the hangar started during the second half of November 2019.
ASL's first hangar and offices opened in 2006. Since then, the company has significantly grown, and so has its fleet (jointly with its Dutch subsidiary JetNetherlands), which now numbers 40 aircraft spread over the group's various bases in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Earlier this year, ASL launched a new business aviation handling/FBO activity in Antwerp as well as in Maastricht and Groningen in the Netherlands. The construction of the new hangar will support this activity by offering hangar space to external operators and FBO customers. A partnership has been renewed with industrial construction company Almobe, which built the company's first hangar and adjacent offices in 2006.
The new hangar will be located across from ASL's current hangar and will feature a 40 m wide x 8.2 m high door, with free spans of 40 m in both directions.
ASL Group CEO Philippe Bodson says: “We are very proud to start the construction of our second hangar here at the international airport of Antwerp. This marks a very important milestone in the development of our company and of our activities, but also in our strong partnership with the airport management team and authorities. Since we opened our first hangar here, it has been our most important operational base.
“With the growth of our fleet and the expansion of our services, this new hangar marks even more the importance of Antwerp for the future of our company.”
CEO of Flanders International Airport Antwerp Marcel Buelens adds: “The construction of this second hangar for ASL Group at the airport of Antwerp strengthens the position of our city airport as a business airport. ASL continues to contribute a substantial part of the daily operations of this business segment. It is a matter of responding to the increasing demand in this growing segment. We are honoured to be a part of ASL's persistent growth.”