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Sheltair expanding into Atlanta metro area in April

Sheltair Aviation has announced its new FBO location at the Gwinnett County Airport (LZU) northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. Gwinnett County selected Sheltair in a competitive process based upon a comprehensive $17 million investment program to improve and expand the existing facilities proposed by the company. The latest addition to Sheltair's FBO network will be the second operation in Georgia, effective April 2, 2023. The new location was awarded by Gwinnet County early this month. The family-owned company will hold a 40-year lease on the property. Sheltair plans to improve and expand hangar and office spaces during its time on the property. Gwinnett County Airport is also Georgia's third busiest airport, with 119,000 takeoffs and landings in 2022. Existing FBO facilities at the airport will transition to Sheltair. "The Airport Authority and Gwinnett County have expressed their goals to improve the level of service and aesthetics of the properties at the airport, and we heard them loud and clear," VP of Real Estate for Sheltair Milo Zonka said. "This is an important move for Sheltair into the Atlanta metro area, and a large investment commitment to redevelop the significant facilities already onsite—almost 220,000 square feet of hangars—and design and construction of a new FBO and restaurant/office facility will commence shortly." Sheltair said, in its proposal, that Gwinnett airport was underused in its marketing strategy. It will market the airport as a general aviation business flight destination by using the county's increasing bioscience, technology, and manufacturing industries. "Airports across the country are reckoning with aging facilities that can still be of service, but they need this partnership and private investment to make it happen," Zonka said. "We embrace this true public-private partnership that makes it a win-win-win for the airport owner, the users, and Sheltair." Sheltair plans to offer customers an additional destination in the Southeastern United States while bringing its award-winning service standards to the users of the Gwinnett County Airport. Sheltair LZU will provide first-rate customer service and ground support made possible by the company's core values and mission of Family First: Fuel, Build, Serve. "We're really excited," County airport director Matthew Smith said. "We think this will give us a gateway to the community, which is what we should be and what we hope we will be. Sheltair LZU is an Avfuel-branded FBO and will enable customers to earn rewards with AVTRIP points and give them competitive prices with Avfuel Contract Fuel.
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