WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today Congressman John Salazar asked FAA Administrator Randolph Babbitt to grant Telluride Airport’s request to waive the 10,000 enplanement rule due to the fact that they had to close for more than half of 2009 for extensive runway reconstruction.
Small, rural airports that fall below the 10,000 passenger threshold can lose over $1 million in funding for critical airport improvement projects.
“I ask that the FAA not penalize
“Congressman Salazar has been a tremendous help to the aviation community in
October 7, 2010
The Honorable J. Randolph Babbitt
Federal Aviation Administration
Dear Administrator Babbitt:
I am writing to support
Due to that closure, from April 7, 2009 through November 4, 2009, the Airport’s airline enplanements dropped below 10,000. And as you know, if they fall below 10,000 enplanements, the airport loses its $1 million in entitlement funds, which are critical for them to help pay for these improvements.
Having to close an airport for such a long time wreaked havoc on their normal operations and made the requirement of 10,000 enplanements impossible. Therefore, I ask that the FAA not penalize
I appreciate your consideration of this request. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.
Source: AIRPORT BUSINESS