GAT Airline Ground Support and Strategic Aviation


DATE:  June 18, 2019
RELEASE DATE:  For Immediate Release

GAT Airline Ground Support and Strategic Aviation

Kelowna, BC, June 17th, 2019 – Strategic Aviation Holdings (“SAH” or “the Company”) is excited to announce it has joined with GAT Airline Support (“GAT”) to form a new, unified solution for ground handling services in Canada and the US.   GAT anticipates closing on the acquisition of SAH on June 28, 2019, allowing the Company to continue offering an ever-broadening range of passenger, catering, and ground support services to Canadian businesses in the airline industry. SAH has two operating entities, Strategic Aviation Services and Sky Café. Both these businesses will continue to operate under their current brands and be identified as a GAT company.

Established in 2006, Strategic Aviation Services Ltd. is a multi-functional aviation services company offering passenger, cargo and ground support with a focus on safety and quality at 16 Airports in Canada. Sky Café is an airline catering company that was launched in 2014 as part of Strategic Holdings portfolio and operates at 10 airports across Canada. Based in Kelowna BC, Strategic Aviation Holdings Ltd operates at 22 Airports in Canada with over 1200 employees.

“Strategic Aviation Holdings could not have found a better partner as we continue our growth in Canada. While we may operate in different countries, our focus on safety, operational excellence and caring for our customers is identical.  Our team will become stronger with this relationship as we build on our collective strengths and become the absolute best ground handling combination in North America. The future has always been bright, but this partnership elevates us to another level in customer service.” said Strategic Aviation CEO, Mark Brown.

GAT Airline Ground Support provides premium airline ground support and has been exceeding client expectations for more than 40 years. With a focus on delivering unsurpassed airline and passenger experience, GAT’s outstanding team of more than 3,000 employees serves 45 locations throughout the U.S.

“Over the last few years, GAT has reimagined the ground handling world through innovating technologies and team member engagement. We are extremely excited for this step forward in our progression.  Combining forces with Strategic Aviation, who themselves have set a new standard in Canada, makes perfect sense,” said Mike Hough, Chief Executive Officer for GAT.

From ticketing to take-off, GAT Airline Ground Support specializes in passenger experience, cargo handling and warehousing, ramp services and a host of other aviation-related services.  The company’s strong tradition of a relentless focus on safety and a team atmosphere is supported by technology and performance-based execution.

Together these organizations will leverage their newly combined talent, service offerings and technology to deliver a whole new dimension of ground handling to airlines and airports in Canada and the US.