In late 2009, Derry City Council, who own City of Derry Airport, placed an advert in the European journal for a ‘Partnership Opportunity’ at the airport. Parsons Brinckerhoff / Regional & City (PB/RCA) Airports, a Balfour Beatty Company, together with 6 other parties, responded to the advert, with PB/RCA proposing a Management Services Agreement which would supplement the existing management team with PB/RCA staff whilst leveraging the expertise embedded at the two Regional & City operated airports. After a number of rounds of bidding, PB/RCA were awarded the 10 year contract, in October 2010.
This form of contract is the first of its kind within the UK aviation market. Other forms of contract, such as concession agreements, are in existence but this model, where the asset is owned by one party with management services provided by another is new and reflects the unique offering of PB/RCA – consultancy services delivered by Parsons Brinckerhoff supplemented with expertise and operational support from the management teams of Regional & City Airports at their existing two Balfour Beatty airports.
In 2013 Balfour Beatty announced the sale of its interest in aerospace to Patriot Aerospace, the aviation division of Rigby Group PLC. As part of this sale Regional City Airport Management (RCAM) were established as the consultancy division of the organisation and replaced Parsons Brinkerhoff. RCAM is a specialist airport management company which is focused on operating airports which accommodate up to 3 million passengers a year, cargo, freight, corporate and general aviation. RCAM is responsible for the overall operation of City of Derry Airport and Blackpool Airport and has taken over the management of Patriot Aerospace’s airport assets comprising of Exeter International Airport, Coventry Airports & Cardiff Heliport.