EFS dabbles in travel management

Executive Flight Services (EFS), ground handler for all private aircraft arrivals and depattures in Dubai, is set to become a fully comprehensive travel management company.

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By  Joseph Mortimer Published  November 12, 2006

Executive Flight Services (EFS), ground handler for all private aircraft arrivals and depattures in Dubai, is set to become a fully comprehensive travel management company. The company, which is part of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, is offering a new business meeting management service that will allow clients to arrange small business meetings of up to 15 people in the terminal building. “Sometimes business people like to come to Dubai only for two or three hours, so they need to meet their clients fast,” said Younis Al-Suwaidi, deputy manager, EFS. “We can arrange all these business meetings here in our terminal.” The company recorded 6216 aircraft movements during 2005, but expects that figure to rise to more than 7000 this year. At Airwing VIP (the VIP terminal) EFS boasts 11 waiting rooms, each of which can cater to groups of eight to 12, as well as a group lounge that can cater to around 60 guests. The company also deals with “quick turnarounds”, whereby aircraft briefly touch down for refuelling, technical checks, dropping passengers off or picking them up, and then continue their journey. “Many of our clients are travelling from the US or Europe to destinations in the Far East, and we have many Russian clients going to Europe,” explained Al Suwaidi. The company is also preparing to introduce its own fleet of Lexus Sedan limousines to transport clients to hotels or business meetings. EFS currently provides all ground-handling services, from landing permits, baggage handling, customs checks and visa issue to hotel bookings and car rental. Visitors that come through the VIP Terminal are issued 96-hour visit or transit visas on arrival, and their luggage is processed quickly by EFS staff in a separate building adjacent to the terminal. In mid-2007, the company hopes to branch out into aircraft management and maintenance for private jet owners, a service that will be executred in a new VIP terminal and hangar being built adjacent to the existing Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport.

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