Million Air Nears Completion on $80M Expansion at Westchester County Airport

John Jordan | May 3, 2018

From left, Westchester County Director of Operations Joan McDonald; Million Air CEO Roger Woolsey; Business Council of Westchester President and CEO Marsha Gordon; County Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin; County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Harrison Town Supervisor/Mayor Ron Belmont. PHOTO BY JOHN VECCHIOLLA

WEST HARRISON—Officials with Houston-based private aviation company Million Air said at a recent press briefing that the firm is nearing completion on its $80-million expansion project at Westchester County Airport here.

Company executives were joined by county and municipal officials to open its new state-of-the-art 52,000-square-foot hanger at the airport at a ceremony on May 2. The company is also building a new nearly 20,000-square-foot terminal adjacent to another storage hangar. Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air, said that work on that project should be completed by this December.

The two-story hangar features 28-foot height doors capable of housing a Gulfstream 650, which is Gulfstream’s largest business jet. Floors are heated with a high-tech radiant heat system that allows temperatures to be maintained for aircraft and pilots. The new hangar also includes eight customizable offices with storage space. With the completion of the new hangar, Million Air’s complex now has 84,000 square feet of hangar space and 7.25 acres of ramp space.

The two-story Adirondack-styled terminal is designed with a resort-style ambiance, company officials note and will include elegant seating areas, wood and rock features, stone framed dual fireplaces and wood beam ceilings. The new terminal will also feature conference rooms, pilot lounge with sleep rooms, barista staffed grand coffee bar, climate controlled indoor valet area and additional parking. Woolsey said a Starbucks will be operating at the new terminal.

He said the first-class features at the new hangar and terminal are meant to provide a great first impression to corporate travelers who utilize Million Air’s services. Woolsey and others at the event believe that the facility could be an “economic driver” to help attract new businesses to Westchester County.

“The growth and development of our Million Air network and brand has come as a result of strong dedication from all levels within the organization,” said Woolsey. “As our employees continue to create powerful first impressions at the Westchester County Airport, we are reinvesting in our facilities to create more jobs and better service our customers. This is a win-win for our team and the Westchester County community.”

Westchester County Director of Operations Joan McDonald said, “Each day our administration is looking for opportunities to partner with businesses in Westchester County. We are proud of what we as a county have to offer both new and existing companies looking to make Westchester their home. Million Air’s new hangar at Westchester County Airport is a great example of what we can accomplish together.”

In May 2016, the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a 30-year lease with Million Air, granting improvements of the company’s Fixed Base Operation facilities on the 26-acre property at Westchester County Airport. In October 2016, the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency approved issuing $83 million in tax-exempt bonds for Million Air.

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth