Dubai South has announced the signing of an agreement with Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) for the provisioning of an exclusive inflight catering services for private aviation.
Under the agreement, EKFC will build a state of the art facility with exclusivity in providing inflight catering and support services to private and business flights operating at Dubai South.
The alliance comes in context of several aviation-related facilities that are being developed at Dubai South, including the VIP Terminal, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangars, aircraft fit-out and painting facilities, and the establishment of fixed-base operators (FBOs). Emirates Flight Catering’s specialized facility will ensure the delivery of holistic services within one hub.
Khalifa AlZaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (the parent organization of Dubai South), said: “Traditionally, the demands of business aviation passengers for food are highly bespoke and catering companies are unable to meet these very specific requirements. Given the expected business aviation traffic and our vision of creating a world class aviation hub at Dubai South, we have awarded the contract to Emirates Flight Catering Company to provide dedicated executive in-flight catering services for General Aviation within the Aviation District to meet current and potential future catering demand of all FBOs.”
It is expected that the majority of the business jet operations will relocate to Al Maktoum International Airport which is forecasted to see double digit growth over the coming years, leading to almost 18,000 annual movements by 2018. With this partnership, Emirates Flight Catering will continue to contribute to the growth of the private aviation sector at Dubai South and Dubai with its lengthy 30 year experience having been providing bespoke catering and services to VIP and private aviation flights at Dubai International Airport.
Saeed Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Flight Catering, said:“We are very proud to collaborate with Dubai South and to create a new, exclusive facility which will contribute to the expansion and success of Dubai South. With three decades of experience in servicing private VIP flights, Emirates Flight Catering’s contribution will put Dubai on the map as a private aviation hub – one which other hubs, such as Cannes, London and Geneva, will undoubtedly look to for inspiration.”