General Aviation

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Jim Lee

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Woodgate to invest in new hangar at Aldergrove

Northern Ireland’s largest private aircraft charter business, Woodgate Aviation, is investing £1.5 million (€1.9 million) in a new, purpose-built hangar at Belfast International Airport. The company, which was formed in the late sixties, operates private charters to GB and European destinations as well as a medical service, cargo and aircraft handling facilities. Woodgate Aviation is based at Belfast International Airport, Newtownards and Ronaldsway Airport in the Isle of Man and uses a wide range of aircraft including the Beechcraft B200 King Air which is capable of carrying up to 8 passengers. Work is at an advanced stage on the new hangar that is scheduled for completion in June next year. A significant increase in demand for its services prompted Woodgate to embark on this major expansion. Woodgate Aviation Managing Director, John Keen, said: “It will be state-of-the-art. It will be 25,000 sq ft in size with a dedicated Business Lounge for clients, a full suite of 6,000 sq ft of offices and floorspace capable of accommodating 6 B200 or a Bombardier Global Express aircraft with a fully equipped aircraft maintenance department.


About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.



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