As part of the addition, the facility is undergoing a $3.5 million renovation that including stripping the facility’s 10,000-ft. attached hangar down to the structural steel and rebuilding. The 7,000-sq.-ft. terminal building is also undergoing upgrades that will include some of the Million Air-standard features, along with a range of amenities such as a theater, flight planning room and executive conference room.
Along with the Sanford facility, Million Air expects its third FBO in Canada to begin operating by mid-December. The $19 million facility at Calgary International will encompass a 7,500-sq.-ft. FBO, two 40,000-sq.-ft. hangars and 5.3 acres of ramp space. The facility joins Million Air’s other Canadian locations in Toronto and Vancouver. Woolsey says the location opens the new central Canadian market for the chain and enables it to tap into operations such as those involved in the oil and gas industry.
Aside from the new facilities, Million is pouring millions into upgrades of existing facilities, including a $15 million project – a new flagship 28,000-sq.-ft. FBO at its headquarters in Houston. The facility is alongside the nearly 99,000-sq.-ft. of hangar space, office space and 10 new acres of ramp space. The new FBO will be the first new facility at Houston Hobby in years, an expansion made possible in part through a new lease with the airport authority that leaves rooms for further growth down the road.
The upgrade follows the move of its Addison, Texas, facility last year and a $4.5 million project that doubled the ramp space to accommodate the growing managed fleet there. Million Air added a Gulfstream G650 to the fleet, and Woolsey says the company has been “flying the wings off of it.”