Universal Aviation Bolsters Latin American FBO Network

 - August 8, 2022, 12:29 PM
Air Station S.A. at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, has been providing ground handling services for the past 20 years. It joins Consorcio Aviation in Paraguay as the latest members of Universal Aviation's certified FBO Network. (Photo: Universal Weather & Aviation)

Universal Aviation has expanded its certified FBO network in Latin America with the addition of two new locations in Guatemala and Paraguay. Air Station S.A. at Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport has operated for two decades and its staff can process crew and passengers into and out of the airport in under 20 minutes for international flights. In Asuncion, Paraguay, Consorcio Aviation SRL at Aeropuerto Internacional Silvio Pettirossi lists 30 years of experience handling all types of aircraft and missions.

The two locations have proven their compliance with Universal’s standards for ground-handling quality, training, safety, and customer service, as well as with regulations such as the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. They will continue to do so through recurrent training and audits.

“Business aviation traffic to Latin America and the Caribbean continues to remain strong in most destinations, exceeding pre-pandemic levels,” said Universal Aviation senior v-p Adolfo Aragon. “However, the traffic influx combined with the global supply chain issues and staffing shortages presents new operating challenges.” To address this situation, Universal continues to identify and partner with successful local handlers. “Bringing these new members into our network reduces risk and eliminates handoffs, one of the causes of trip disruptions,” said Aragon.

These latest additions bring Universal's tally of certified member FBOs in Latin America and the Caribbean to 29.