By Kevin Rozario (London, United Kingdom)
Virginia-based airport management provider Avports is continuing to expand its business despite all that COVID19 has thrown at the aviation business. Over the past 18 months, the full-service company – once a part of PanAm – added three more locations to its portfolio of commercial, general aviation and military airports (see panel below).
The new deals are varied covering Air Glades Airport in Florida; Stewart Airport in New York State; and a contract starting in January 2021 to provide a variety of services at Detroit Metropolitan Airport North Terminal through a deal with the Detroit Airlines’ North Terminal Consortium (DANTeC).
Additionally in 2019, Avports was pre-qualified and said to be the front-runner for the airport operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for a network of nine airports in Puerto Rico, which if it was to win, would considerably scale up the company’s business.
In 2021, despite the aviation slowdown, Avports – led by CEO Jorge Roberts, an airport privatization veteran – has scaled up its resources, including strengthening its management team, to ensure it has the right firepower for opportunities that arise for local governments or airport authorities to outsource airport management.