Al Bateen Executive Airport and gategroup sign letter of intent to establish onsite executive catering unit
Al Bateen Executive Airport has signed a letter of intent with Switzerland-based gategroup to provide high quality catering and aircraft provisioning services to business aircraft using the airport.
Under a proposed long-term agreement, gategroup's core brand, Gate Gourmet, would establish an on-site kitchen staffed around the clock with highly trained chefs producing gourmet meals from the highest quality ingredients, among other hospitality-related services.
"This is an important development for gategroup and its Middle East joint venture partners, Western Group and Sultan International Holding. The Al Bateen project will represent gategroup's first operational presence in the Middle East, and a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the fast-growing region," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois.
"We see Al Bateen as the future business aviation hub for the Middle East and believe this is the natural location to roll out gategroup's VIP catering concept for the first time in the region," said Pierre Guggenheim, President of gategroup's Middle East region.
Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi is witnessing growth in traffic from based operators and visiting aircraft alike. The airport will have handled almost 8,000 movements in 2010, an increase of over 30 percent compared with 2009.