New York’s Republic Airport will be receiving another FBO, as long-time charter and management provider Northeastern Aviation expects to break ground on an expansion of its complex at the Long Island gateway next spring. According to executive vice president Anthony Russo, the company was authorized to add aircraft servicing at its nearly 14-acre facility several years ago, but decided to wait out the lingering effects of the global economic downturn before beginning the new venture.
Russo told AIN the company has performed site preparation for a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar with a 220-foot clearspan opening and 28-foot-high floating doors, along with a two-story executive terminal with a second floor veranda, offering views of the ramp and runways. The new hangar will use geothermal cooling and radiant floor heating for energy savings. The family-owned company will follow that up with a new 100,000-gallon fuel tank farm, which it expects to complete in the mid-2019 time frame. Altogether, the project has an estimated price tag of approximately $12 million, according to Russo.
Once it opens, the new FBO will join service providers Atlantic Aviation, Sheltair and Republic Jet Center (the recently rebranded Talon Air) in vying for the Long Island airport’s growing business aviation traffic.