Clay Lacy's OXC facility
Clay Lacy Aviation will expand its current aircraft maintenance, charter, and management facility at Connecticut's Waterbury-Oxford Airport into a full FBO, making it the second service provider on the field. (Photo: Clay Lacy Aviation)

Clay Lacy To Open East Coast FBO

The first phase of the $20 million project will include 40,000 square feet of hangar and terminal space, set to open in 2022.

California-based Clay Lacy Aviation has received permission from the Connecticut Airport Authority to expand its East Coast aircraft maintenance, management, and charter facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport into a full-service FBO. The company has had a presence at the airport since 2015 when it purchased the former Key Air and occupied its 65,000-square-foot facility. Last year, the location, which currently employs 50 people, received FAA Part 145 maintenance approval.

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While the company will continue to use that facility, the airport authority awarded it a new 30-year lease on another 16-acre plot, on which it will build a $20 million FBO. The first phase, slated to open in early 2022, will consist of 40,000 square feet of hangar and terminal space. An additional 120,000 square feet of hangar, office, and MRO space will be completed in the following years. 

"The award of this lease is the culmination of a five-year strategic plan to expand our capabilities and support services in the Eastern U.S.," said Clay Lacy president and CEO Brian Kirkdoffer. "We are delighted to partner with the Connecticut Airport Authority to bring new jobs and expanded services to the local economy."

It will be Clay Lacy Aviation's third FBO, following its flagship at Van Nuys Airport and the recently awarded location at John Wayne-Orange County Airport, which will debut at the beginning of 2021.