Posted on September 19th, 2022
A Fixed Base Operator is a private company that operates at an airport and provides a wide range of aeronautical services. These include aircraft and passenger services, maintenance, tie-down, parking, and fueling. There are several benefits to using a Fixed Base Operator for private jet charters.
A fixed-base operator often provides amenities such as valet parking, private terminals, and lounge facilities. They also feature luxurious fittings and decor. FBOs have many of the same services as commercial airport terminals but for a much smaller customer base. Many larger commercial airports have Fixed Base Operators buildings separated from the commercial terminal.
Fixed Base Operators are great resources for traveling passengers and busy pilots alike. These facilities offer everything from a simple refueling stop to a comfortable overnight stay. Many FBOs also provide other services, such as pilot supplies and lounges. Larger or busier airports have more than one Fixed Base Operator (FBO). For example, Paris Le Bourget Airport is home to eight FBOs, while London Luton Airport has three for charter jets. FBOs may be owned and operated by independent businesses or be part of larger chains. Some large companies include Atlantic Aviation, which has 50 locations across the U.S., and Signature Flight Support, which operates private terminals in 200+ locations.
FBOs can be public or private operators of terminal buildings for general aviation and private jet services at the airport. FBOs are found at the most important commercial airports and main passenger terminals. Additionally, these may be the stand-alone terminal open at a smaller community or a municipal facility. The number of FBOs at an airport will vary depending on the size and popularity of the airport.
Fixed base operators are businesses granted the rights to operate at the airport and provide aeronautical services such as passenger terminals, fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, and aircraft maintenance. JetOptions Private Jets allows our clients to choose an FBO where available at your preferred airport.