Universal Aviation Mexico has opened its new 50,000ft² hangar on the property of its fixed-base operator (FBO) at Toluca International Airport (MMTO).

The company is a joint venture between Avemex and Universal Weather and Aviation. It provides ground support throughout Mexico.

The $3.5m hangar will be used for locally-based operators outside of peak periods or for large-body aircraft arrivals. It features 32,000ft² of built-in office space and 17,200ft² of storage space.

Additionally, Universal Aviation’s ramp offers three direct taxiway access points at Toluca.

“Both based and transient, non-based operators at Toluca have struggled to find parking and hangarage due to shortages.”

Universal Aviation Mexico chairman Greg Evans said: “Both based and transient, non-based operators at Toluca have struggled to find parking and hangarage due to shortages in recent years at this already congested airport.

“That challenge is only exacerbated during high-traffic periods like the annual Mexico City F1 race and American Football games in Mexico City, so we made this investment in this fifth Universal Aviation Mexico hangar at Toluca to meet that growing demand.

“Along with the multi-million-dollar renovation of our state-of-the-art FBO two years ago, our new hangar is recognition of our commitment to supporting our clients’ critical missions at this important destination for business aviation.”

The ‘low-movement hangar’ was built by Grupo Avemex to meet the parking and hangarage shortages at the airport.

Universal Aviation has more than 50 locations in more than 20 countries, with five locations operated under Universal Aviation Mexico, which also offers handling services in more than 50 airports in Mexico.

Avemex manages a mixed fleet of 24 aircraft and helicopters and its service division, Centro de Servicio Avemex, offers support services including maintenance, airframe services, engine and APU services and avionics maintenance scheduling.