The Airways Aviation Group has announced the acquisition of ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers de l’Aéronautique).
Established in 1988 and located at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport, ESMA is the largest privately owned multidisciplinary aviation school in Europe.
As an established EASA Authorised Training Organisation, ESMA offers a range of European certified courses including Airline Pilot (EASA ATP), Aircraft Maintenance, Cabin Crew and Ground Handling.
Romy Hawatt, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Airways Aviation Group says: “These are unprecedented times in aviation as we accelerate and expand our already significant global presence and capability and offer even more solutions to the industry’s increasing demand for properly trained and qualified people.
“The Airways Aviation Group is one of very few global brands in aviation education and training and we will continue to solidify our positioning as we service existing partners and develop new industry partnerships. The acquisition of ESMA is a significant next step in meeting the extraordinary industry growth over the coming 15 years”
The Airways Aviation Group has a history that spans more than 30 years and has trained over 8,000 students. The Group’s current fleet of aircraft consists of 34 x Diamond DA40 and DA 42 and 16 x Cessna 172 and 182 positioned at its operational bases.
With the addition of ESMA, the Airways Aviation Group now boasts facilities of approximately 25,000 sqm along with, it says, the largest and most diverse pilot training area footprint in the world covering approximately 350,000 sq/km across the UK, Spain, France, Montenegro and Australia.
“The coming weeks and months should see substantial new activity as we meet with and speak to our existing and new prospective partners around the globe. We are very much focused on how we may efficiently maximise resource utilisation as we increase the Group’s business output particularly through our now expanded European operations”, added Hawatt.