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Al Bateen Executive Airport and gategroup Sign Letter of Intent to Establish Onsite Executive Catering Unit

Dépèche transmise le 27 décembre 2010 par PRNewswire

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates and ZURICH, December 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi Airports Company's (ADAC) dedicated business aviation airport in the Middle East, signed a letter of intent at MEBA 2010 in Dubai with Switzerland-based gategroup to provide high quality catering and aircraft provisioning services to business aircraft using Al Bateen Executive Airport.

Under a proposed long-term agreement, gategroup's core brand, Gate Gourmet, would establish an on-site kitchen staffed around the clock with highly trained chefs producing gourmet meals from the highest quality ingredients, among other hospitality-related services.

"This is an important development for gategroup and its Middle East joint venture partners, Western Group and Sultan International Holding. The Al Bateen project will represent gategroup's first operational presence in the Middle East, and a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the fast-growing region," said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois. "We are very proud to be working with ADAC, which reflects positively on Gate Gourmet's reputation for innovation, expertise and high quality service," he added.

"We see Al Bateen as the future business aviation hub for the Middle East and believe this is the natural location to roll out gategroup's VIP catering concept for the first time in the region," said Pierre Guggenheim, President of gategroup's Middle East region.

Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi is witnessing unprecedented growth in traffic from based operators and visiting aircraft alike. The airport will have handled almost 8,000 movements in 2010, an increase of over 30 percent versus 2009.

Stephen Jones, General Manager for Al Bateen Executive Airport, commented: "Traffic is increasing rapidly because of the airport's convenient location however we need to ensure that Al Bateen offers the highest quality facilities and services otherwise we don't offer value to the customer. The establishment of a bespoke business aviation caterer is the first of many initiatives we will put in place to ensure that Al Bateen becomes the business airport everybody wants to fly to."

ADAC has already invested US$50 million in turning the 50-year-old military airport into a luxury business aviation gateway with an impressive VVIP passenger terminal. This latest announcement follows the installation of a brand new Instrument Landing System (ILS).

About gategroup:

gategroup is the leading independent global provider of onboard services to companies that serve people on the move. gategroup comprises 11 brands, which are deSter, eGate Solutions, Elan, Gate Aviation, Gate Gourmet, Gate Safe, Harmony, Performa, potmstudios, Pourshins and Supplair.

The Group's world-class capabilities are focused in catering and hospitality; provisioning and logistics; and onboard solutions. Shares of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol GATE. Please visit .

About ADAC

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the largest operator of airports in the UAE, was created in 2006 to spearhead the redevelopment of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure and is an integral partner in the Government of Abu Dhabi's Plan 2030. Wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, the company is headquartered at its principal asset, Abu Dhabi International Airport. Please visit .

About Al Bateen Executive Airport

Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. Please visit

CONTACT: For gategroup, Corporate Communications, John Bronson,+41-43-812-2048, , or Investor Relations, DagmaraWawrzonowska, +41-43-812-5496, ; or for ADAC,Media UK/Europe - Emerald Media, Alison Chambers,, Jane Stanbury, , HelenStevens, , +44-1962-736600, mobile, +44-7721-882939; or ADAC Press Office, +971-2-505-3304, +971-2-635-4452, mobile,+971-50-818-0467, +971-55-980-6698, ,

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