A new heavy maintenance facility will not be built on the west side of
Frontier Airlines decided against constructing a heavy maintenance facility in
Capacity cuts and fleet reductions eliminated the need for the facility, Frontier spokesman Steve Snyder says, noting the airline has been reviewing all projects as part of the bankruptcy process.
Instead of building its own facility, Frontier will continue to lease part of Continental Airlines’ hangar in
Construction on the 100,000-square-foot hangar (30,480 square meters) had not started. The facility had been slated to open in or after April 2009.
The airline selected
Incentives offered to Frontier and other airlines include a 100% rebate of personal business property taxes related to hangar construction materials,
The airline also received a combination of rebates and exemptions that equate to a 100% abatement of sales and use taxes for activity in the hangar for the life of the project, he says. Aircraft, aircraft parts, equipment solvents, materials, “anything used in the maintenance process” is included.
"Airport staff will continue to market the airport in an effort to attract successful airline maintenance projects such as the SkyWest maintenance facility which has been in operation since July 2007,” Earle says in a statement.
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Runway and taxiway paving begins this week. Pictured: The 10,000-foot, north-south commercial runway facing south.
By the time the new facility opens on May 31, 2010, some six million yards of material will have been moved at the airport, Willett says.
Eight gallons of fuel is used daily during construction, which began in January, he says.
The 105,000-square feet terminal will be built according to the US Green Building Council’s standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Pictured: The passenger parking lot.
Pictured: Airport executive director Randy Curtis.
I am flying to
In other construction news, JetBlue Airways has postponed the opening of its new terminal at New York JFK until October 22. T5 was supposed to open October 1.
On the bright side, the project is still six months ahead of schedule.
Construction plans initially called for a February 2009 opening,
Airlines aren't the only ones cutting staff.
Northeast Florida's Jacksonville Aviation Authority has laid off workers because of declining air traffic and is planning for additional cuts across
Jacksonville Business Journal reports the authority expects to trim roughly $809,000 worth of salary and benefits, which is about 1.2% of its $65.1 million operating budget.
The authority has not identified how many jobs will be lost because it is looking for other means to cut expenses and or raise revenues, authority director of external affairs Michael Stewart tells me.
"Everybody is hoping the industry will turn around quickly," he says.
Capacity is down 8% year over year in
Lost service includes ExpressJet flights to
Other carriers have reduced frequencies or cut seat capacity by down gauging aircraft, Stewart says.
As more of a business rather than leisure destination,
Other airports may not be as fortuitous.
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) says airlines have already abandoned 60 communities and roughly 40 more communities will lose service this year. The airline group also says it is "not unrealistic" to expect as many as 200 communities could lose air service by early 2009.
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