AviationThe lounge has a private drop-off area, a lounge, dedicated security and immigration clearance and other personalised touches.

SATS opens dedicated facility for private jet passengers at Seletar

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Seletar Business Aviation Centre (BAC) offers a private drop-off area, lounge, dedicated immigration security screening and other personalised services. Photo Credit: SATS Ltd

A joint venture between SATS Seletar Aviation Services Pte Ltd (SSAS) – made up of SATS, Jet Aviation and Universal Aviation –, this business aviation centre (BAC) was set up with the intention of focusing on the luxury market, according to Bob Chi, chairman of SSAS.

SATS has opened a dedicated centre for private jet passengers at Seletar Airport.

A joint venture between SATS Seletar Aviation Services Pte Ltd (SSAS) – made up of SATS, Jet Aviation and Universal Aviation –, this business aviation centre (BAC) was set up with the intention of focusing on the luxury market, according to Bob Chi, chairman of SSAS.

“I think the idea for building a BAC has always been on the cards. You have Hong Kong that’s been a major hub for some time, and we’ve always felt that Singapore could be a similar hub, and that was why changi decided there was a necessity for a facility that caters for this specific segment. As the largest ground handling company in Asia, it’s only natural and necessary that we have a presence here,” said Chi.

The number of flights for business aviation is expected to grow 3-5% year on year. To date, SSAS handles over 4,000 flight movements since its first flight at Seletar Airport on November 19, 2018, of which close to 70% are attributed to business aviation, according to SATS.

At BAC, passengers can expect a seamless and swift passage from the entrance of the lounge up till security check and immigration clearance – all of which takes a mere five minutes.

Before their flights are scheduled to depart, guests can choose to unwind at the lounge, which accommodates up to 59 people across two levels. There is also a meeting room for up to 12 pax on the second level.

While JetQuay at Changi Airport similarly caters to private jet passengers, Chi shared that around “80% of all private jet traffic now comes out of Seletar”, as there is competition for landing slots at Changi due to its growth. The former is also more likely to cater to passengers who are connecting to/from a full-service carrier, or dignitaries who are received at the VIP complex with higher security.

“Hopeully with this brand new facility, we can continue to encourage more private jet operators to locate their jets here and therefore do more flights out of Seletar.”


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