The National Business Aviation Association Convention held last week in Las Vegas.
AIRPORT–Princess Juliana International Airport SXM Managing Director and Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michel Hyman led a delegation to Las Vegas last week to take part in the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention. He informed some 27,000 industry professionals that Airport SXM is open for business.
The delegation consisted of Supervisory Board of Directors members Alex Dijkhoffz, Cleveland Beresford, Myra Lynch-York and Jimmy Temmer, as well as St. Maarten Tourist Bureau head Rolando Brison.
The aviation convention and exhibition is considered the sixth largest trade show in the United States and the world’s largest business aviation event. The trade show ended on October 12.
“Our participation at this year’s convention has been met with very positive responses from the industry. We let everyone and the whole world know that we are open for business with the same excellent services and accommodations. We also announced the forthcoming ground-breaking for the new fixed based operations (FBO) building that will improve our services in the general aviation field,” said Hyman on Sunday.
“We met with several operators and companies and we were well received by all. The delegation held discussions with Signature Flight Support, Execujet, World Fuel Services, Million Air, Universal and Rockwell Collins, among others, and discussions were fruitful. They were extremely happy to hear first-hand about the latest developments in St. Maarten and at the airport following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria over a month ago.
“All of them expressed the importance of the St. Maarten route to their network and operations and committed themselves to working with the Airport and the island in bringing across information about the developments that are taking place to others in the industry,” Hyman said.
According to him, all the operators and companies the airport delegation met with in Las Vegas indicated that they would be reaching out to others who apparently only had half-information or false information about what was happening on the island.
Hyman gave a PowerPoint presentation at the convention that focused on the impact of the hurricanes, recovery goals and a timeline to achieve these goals that included the way forward for the airport.
“Our presence meant a lot to all the attendees, who were impressed by the fact that St. Maarten and the Airport are already in the recovery stage. I am confident that we have a lot to look forward to regarding the executive travel and general aviation during the coming holiday period. The airport will remain focused on working with its stakeholders to obtain positive results in this sector,” he said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70134-sxm-airport-represented-at-jet-convention-in-usa