Signature Flight Support strengthened its foothold in the Caribbean today with the announcement that it has acquired a majority stake in Arrindell Aviation Services N.V. (AAS). AAS has been in operation at St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM/TNCM) for 25 years providing flight support services for both business and general aviation customers and commercial airlines. The enterprise will be formally known as Arrindell Aviation by Signature.

The portfolio of B&GA services offered at this new Signature location include ground handling, fuel coordination, ground transportation for passengers and crew, ramp parking, water and lavatory services, gourmet catering and weather and routing services. Liaison between passengers and yacht connections will also be provided, as well as 24/7 aircraft charter brokerage services.

In addition to B&GA services, Arrindell Aviation by Signature will offer front of house services to commercial airlines such as passenger check-in, ticketing, security and gate agent services to several major air carriers.

St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport offers convenient access to high-end resort destinations, marinas and world-class shopping. SXM/TNCM serves as a hub for air carriers and cargo operations to surrounding islands such as St. Barths, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius and Anguilla. It is also the second busiest airport in the Northeastern Caribbean behind San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport. Signature recently purchased Tropical Aviation at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG/TJIG) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the business and general aviation airport for the city. With this acquisition, Signature now covers two significant airports in the Caribbean.

Commenting on the acquisition, S. Michael Scheeringa, President of Signature Flight Support stated, “Arrindell Aviation Services is a well-known name in aviation and a premier flight support services provider in the Caribbean.

Frank Arrindell and his team of more than 80 associates have built a premier aviation services business over the past 25 years by focusing on the customer. We are very enthusiastic about this acquisition and see it as a key location for us in the Caribbean and we welcome Frank and the entire Arrindell staff to the Signature family.”

Frank Arrindell, President and Owner of AAS commented, “We are pleased to join Signature’s growing global network. I am proud that our 25 years of hard work and dedication to providing our customers with very personalized service has brought us to a level where we can join forces with the industry leader, Signature Flight Support.”

Local AAS staff and management will not change. Roy Mingo will continue as the General Manager. Frank Arrindell’s expertise will be leveraged for Signature as the corporate ambassador for the Caribbean.

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