EVENT COVERAGE

Signature opens big EWR facility to draw NYC corporate bizjet traffic

By Mike Potts
Contributing Editor




Signature Pres and CEO Maria Sastre
and EWR General Mgr Huntley Lawrence
cut the red ribbon celebrating the opening of Signature's all new private aviation terminal at EWR.

Signature Flight Support has opened its new private aviation terminal at EWR (Newark, Liberty NJ), making good on its promise to have the facility fully operational in time to support Super Bowl XLVIII, which is scheduled for Feb 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sport Complex in Rutherford NJ.

Signature President and CEO Maria Sastre, speaking at a grand opening ceremony at the new facility on Dec 13, said that Signature Newark along with the company's facilities at MMU (Morristown NJ) and TEB (Teterboro NJ) stand ready to handle "one of the largest influxes of private business aviation aircraft ever to visit the state of New Jersey" for the NFL championship game.

Beyond the Super Bowl, Sastre said, the Signature Newark facility "will welcome travelers from all over the world, help to foster economic development and serve as a world-class FBO welcoming new companies interested in investing in New Jersey."

EWR Line Service Technician Eddie Queen receives Signature Flight Support's first Presidential Award from Pres and CEO Maria Sastre. The award honors Queen's 58 years of service.

Huntley Lawrence, interim deputy director of aviation and general manager of EWR, addressed the ceremony, citing the ongoing strong relationship between Signature and the airport, which goes back more than 5 decades to 1962 when Newark Air Service opened for business. He noted Signature's $11 million investment in the new facility and the company's 2-year commitment to the airport to complete the project in time for the Super Bowl.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Sastre introduced Signature Newark's longest tenured employee, Line Service Tech Eddie Queen and presented him with the company's first Presidential Award in honor of his 58 years of service.

The new Signature Newark facility features an 11,200 sq ft passenger terminal, 39,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 510,000 sq ft aircraft parking ramp. The passenger terminal is built on the site of the former Signature Newark terminal which was razed prior to construction of the new facility.