BIRMINGHAM, AL – In what the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is calling a “landmark agreement,” Million Air will be investing $32M into a new FBO and several hangars at KBHM. After participating in a rigorous public proposal process, Million Air was selected to take over the East side FBO at the airport, previously an Atlantic Aviation location. The company will be a new fixed-based operator (FBO) at the airport, bringing healthy competition to the field.
“This partnership represents a lot of hard work and a commitment to elevating our game here at the airport,” said Bill Smith, member of the board of the Birmingham Airport Authority and chair of the review committee. “Million Air is committed to making a huge investment in this community and creating an upscale experience for all customers.”
Million Air’s plans at the Birmingham airport include a 10,000-square-foot terminal to serve pilots, aircraft owners and guests, military, and corporate business travelers; a 24,000-square-foot hangar designed for smaller, privately owned aircraft; and two 30,000-square-foot corporate hangars.
Totaling 94,000-square-feet of new development, the terminal and hangars will replace old ones at the current East side location, some of which were built back in the 1960s and 1970’s. The new FBO will incorporate steel and red brick elements, to pay tribute to the iron and steel companies that gave birth to Birmingham and mimic the sights and spots of downtown.
“We are proud to partner with Birmingham Airport Authority, whose commitments to the airport’s growth and development are paralleled with our own,” said Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air. “Our plans are to develop a fully modernized Million Air Birmingham. We are confident we can deliver a facility, level of service and amenities that will be unrivaled at this airport.”
The official signing of the agreement between the Birmingham Airport Authority and Million Air Birmingham was the last phase of the process which began more than a year ago. The company expects to begin operating out of the existing east side temporary facilities on June 1, with a 22-year lease and 8-year extension.