Sun Air Jets soon will begin leasing hangar space at Van Nuys Airport, a move that expands the company’s presence beyond its Ventura County base.

Sun Air initially will occupy the 21,000-square-foot hangar with a Gulfstream V aircraft, which the company has under management. The aviation firm also has an option to lease an additional hangar.

“We are doing well in Camarillo, but clearly Van Nuys is really the business airport for Southern California,” said Sun Air President Steve Lassetter.

The multi-year lease between Sun Air and hangar owner Aerolease Associates was signed Oct. 10 at the National Business Aviation Association conference in Las Vegas.

Sun Air makes for a good fit for the hangar, and the company sees opportunities for more business by being located at Van Nuys, said Aerolease President and CEO Curt Castagna.

“There is enough business for them to be successful,” Castagna said.

Sun Air has been interested in staking a presence at Van Nuys for some time. The catalyst for the lease was having an aircraft owner who preferred being at the Valley airfield, Lassetter said.

“Having the plane to base there pushed us off the fence to make a commitment,” Lassetter said.

Privately-owned Sun Air has operated out of the Camarillo Airport since 2000. It provides air charter, aircraft management services, hangar space, and aircraft maintenance.

Earlier this year, Sun Air opened a new 21,000-square-foot hangar with 3,000 square feet of office space at Camarillo.