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Third Wiley Post fixed-base operator under construction

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JetSet's 33,000-square-foot fixed-base operator site will be the third FBO at Wiley Post Airport, and is scheduled to open next year. [PROVIDED]
JetSet's 33,000-square-foot fixed-base operator site will be the third FBO at Wiley Post Airport, and is scheduled to open next year. [PROVIDED]

A third fixed-base operator will open at Wiley Post sometime next year, officials with JetSet announced this week.

The 33,000-square-foot facility will offer pilots a place to refuel their aircraft and access refreshments and meeting space. JetSet, based in Bethany, was founded in 2018 and is headquartered at Wiley Post Airport. This will be JetSet's first FBO.

The services for private jet pilots and passengers also will include a lounge area, rental car service and internet access 24 hours a day.

“Wiley Post is a popular location for charter flights traveling across the country to refuel because of its central location and proximity to major cities in the region,” JetSet founder Happy Wells said. “Local traffic at the airport is also strong, so we can offer essential services to travelers stopping for a short time or to people departing from the airport.”

More than 300 aircraft are based at Wiley Post, including 66 jets. In 2017, more than 65,000 operations occurred at the regional business airport, of which more than half were operations by aircraft not based there. Oklahoma City Airports Director Mark Kranenburg said that's an indication that the city's economy is doing well.

Additional construction is planned that would widen the second runway to 100 feet to meet demand for current and future aircraft. A planning study is scheduled to begin next year, with construction to take place in 2023, according to a report by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Installation of new LED lights on the airfield, along with taxiway rehabilitation, is expected to take place this year, and rehabilitation of the other runway is set for 2021.

Kranenburg said the site has been reserved for years in case a new fixed-base operator wanted to set up shop. Wiley Post already has FBO services offered by Valair and Atlantic Aviation.

"They believe enough in the market to be successful and the airport can handle three FBOs," Kranenburg said. "From the airport’s standpoint, we held that site reserved for an FBO because we believe the airport activity in the past few years and going forward will be able to support more services."

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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