Airways Aviation Group have completed the acquisition of French Aviation Education & Training organisation ESMA Academy.

Located at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport, ESMA Academy is the largest, privately owned multidisciplinary aviation school in Europe. As an established EASA Authorised Training Organisation, it offers a plethora of European Certified courses.

"The acquisition of ESMA is a significant next step in meeting the extraordinary industry growth over the coming 15 years," said Romy Hawatt, Founder & Executive Chairman of the Airways Aviation Group.

Airways/ESMA approvals and certifications include EASA, CASA, Montenegro ICAO, UAE GCAA and Kuwait DGCA. It also has Civil Aviation Authority of China approvals.

"Asia, the Sub-continent, Africa and the Middle East represent more than two thirds of the world’s growth markets over the coming years and Airways/ESMA is well positioned to play a significant role in assisting its partners in their training needs going forward," added Hawatt.

The Airways Aviation Group have trained over 8,000 students in more than 30 years of operation.  The group's aircraft fleet consists of 34 x Diamond DA40 and DA 42 and 16 x Cessna 172 and 182.

With the addition of ESMA, the Airways Aviation Group now boasts built up facilities of approximately 25,000 sqm. It is also the world's largest and most diverse ‘beaches to alps’ pilot training area footprint, covering approximately 350,000 sq/km.

"The coming weeks and months should see substantial new activity," Hawatt said. "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."