Lugano Airport, in Switzerland near the Italian border, has formed co-operation agreements with Luxaviation Group and its FBO management company ExecuJet.

The strategic co-operation with Luxaviation includes its existing partnership with Colombo, a Swiss wealth management company. The parties will work with Lugano Airport on the launch of a co-branded facility, providing joint marketing in return for Lugano’s FBO and aircraft handling services.

“Establishing partnerships with local companies worldwide allows us to provide specialist, regional services within a renowned international framework,” said Patrick Hansen, CEO, Luxaviation Group. “Lugano Airport is in a strategic location and upholds very high standards of safety and service, matching Luxaviation’s own. It is ideally suited to those travelling to central Europe.”

Lugano Airport said in a Facebook post that the agreement provides for the development and management of “various projects in the field of commercial and private aviation” and the joint marketing will position the airport as an alternative to Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa.

Maurizio Merlo, CEO, Lugano Airport, said: “Joining Luxaviation Group’s global network opens up our airport to an extensive FBO, operations and marketing support base. These resources will boost our customer service capabilities for existing clients, as well as helping us welcome those travelling to Lugano for the first time.

“This is especially important as Milan’s Linate Airport will be closing for three months next summer. The expansion of our executive offering will help ensure general and business aviation movements in the region are uninterrupted during Europe’s peak season.”

Luxaviation says the new partnered FBO will be particularly beneficial to those attending the World Economic Forum in 2019. “With 40-minute helicopter transfers available directly from the airfield and no slot restrictions, Luxaviation’s new Lugano Airport FBO gives customers an excellent alternative route into Davos. Lugano offers a very low chance of snowfall during the winter season, making it a safe option for those travelling to the January event,” said Ettore Poggi, Group FBO Director, Luxaviation Group.

Left to Right: Dario Columbo, CEO Columbo Wealth Management; Maurizio Merlo, CEO Lugano Airport; Patrick Hansen, CEO, Luxaviation Group shake hands.

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