Airport Authority Looks to Future
November 14, 2014
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  • VALDOSTA — The Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority looked to the future Wednesday.

    Construction on the airport’s new Fire Station is winding down with just a couple of small tasks to check off: installing down rods on some lights, finishing a water line.

    Now, airport staff are preparing for the next two big projects: building an electrical vault and planning for the proposed ramp expansion.

    With the contract for the electrical vault signed, the airport is waiting for the construction company to get in all the parts needed for the vault.

    The electrical vault will contain a generator capable of powering the runway and taxiway lights in case there’s a power outage and the construction of an expanded commercial terminal apron. The proposed ramp extension would allow the airport to handle two airplanes at once as well as handling larger planes. If approved by the FFA, construction on the ramp extension could being in the spring of 2015.

    Price comparisons for 13 flight destinations show Valdosta Regional Airport having the lowest ticket price or tied for the lowest ticket price between flights from Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Valdosta Airport.

    Enplanements for October were up 386 from September, though down from last October.

    Air traffic for October was 2,047, the highest monthly total in two-and-a-half years. The airport is also looking at purchasing a new tractor and mower.

    The authority voted to approve the airports Longevity Awards, a yearly bonus for employees based on their time with the company.