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San Jose airport lobbies for $82-million hangar for Google jets

February 08, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez

Mineta San Jose International Airport officials are urging the city to approve construction of an $82 million facility that would house jets flown by Google executives.

The proposed 29-acre facility would sit on the airport's west side and accommodate Google's and other clients' jets. It would be developed and managed by Signature Flight Support.

The facility would include an executive terminal, hangars, ramp space and aircraft servicing facilities.

According to a San Jose Mercury News story, Google's top three executives have at least eight jets, including a twin-aisle Boeing 767 passenger jet that is commonly used by airlines for transcontinental flights.

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Airport officials said they are recommending approval of the facility because it would help pump up the local economy and the airport.

If the facility is built, Signature Flight Support would pay the airport $2.6 million each year and $400,000 in annual fuel fees, according to a release by the airport. Additionally, the project would create 36 permanent jobs and 150 to 200 temporary construction jobs.

An additional 370 direct and indirect jobs would be created as a result of the project. The airport estimated that the facility would generate $70,000 in taxes annually in its early years and more than $300,000 on its fifth year and beyond.

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