Signature Flight Support purchases TAG Aviation FBO, SA, acquiring fixed base operator locations in Geneva and Sion
3 August 2020 – Signature Flight Support has acquired TAG Aviation FBO, SA and its two fixed base operator locations at Geneva and Sion. The purchase represents Signature’s first foray into the Swiss private aviation market.
Tracing its roots back to 1966, TAG Aviation’s on-airport presence has been a fixture of the Geneva Airport for over five decades. Featuring three private passenger lounges, two crew rest areas, as well as an eight-seat conference room, TAG’s facilities (located within the airport’s General Aviation Terminal) also provide Swiss and French customs clearance directly on site to arriving visitors. In-house deicing is available during the winter season, and the FBO’s dedicated fueling capabilities are able to handle up to transport category aircraft. Furthermore, TAG Aviation Sion is a complimentary location encompassing a private terminal and hangar complex with on-site Swiss customs.
“Europe continues to be an area of strategic opportunity for our global business,” explained Mark Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer, Signature Aviation plc. “TAG Aviation’s tenured presence in Geneva presented an excellent means to enter the second busiest general aviation market in Europe, and its operations in Sion are a source of valuable seasonal traffic. We look forward to building on the extensive reputation for service excellence that TAG Aviation has cultivated.”
“The acquisition of TAG’s Geneva and Sion locations by Signature Flight Support gives our valued customers the same high level of service they’ve received in the past with the added benefits of Signature’s global scale and expertise,” noted Roger McMullin, President of the Board of TAG Aviation FBO SA. “I am extremely proud of the achievements of TAG’s employees and pleased that they will be continuing their professional careers with an established organization like Signature Flight Support.”
Signature Flight Support has also announced the appointment of Sophie Lesnoff as Area Director for Mainland Europe, including the newly acquired Geneva and Sion FBOs. Lesnoff most recently served as Head of Customer Services & FBO Operations for TAG Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom and brings over twenty years of hospitality and FBO management experience to Signature’s European network.
Signature Flight Support anticipates attainment of full operational control of TAG Aviation SA’s holdings in Q3 2020.