The cooperation between the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Municipal Airport resulted in a statewide award this week in Murfreesboro.
The Tennessee Aviation Association and the Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics division awarded the Lebanon Municipal Airport with the Airport Governing Body of the Year earlier this week at the Tennessee Airports Conference.
“The one we received is special because it recognizes the body that’s really responsible for the success of the Lebanon Airport. We received best ‘Governing Body of the Year’ for the part of the City of Lebanon,” said Lebanon Airport Commission chairman T.O. Cragwall. “I’m proud, pleased and honored to be able to pass this award on to you, because you’re the ones who make our airport successful.”
Heather Bay, Lebanon Airport manager and Direct Flight Solutions owner, said the Governing Body Award was presented for the collaboration between the Lebanon Municipal Airport, City of Lebanon, Lebanon Airport Commission and TDOT Aeronautics.
“All are constantly working together to insure the rights, interests and well-being of our airport users. As a result of all these efforts, The Lebanon Airport is well poised for its future and that of rapidly growing Lebanon,” Bay said.
“The commitment of the council to the airport and what that will do for Lebanon and Wilson County as a whole is very important,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said.
“The terminal that we’re in the process of building, I think is one of the things that airports around recognized and saw what we were doing. This body here saw the commitment for a new terminal was in the best interest not only for Lebanon and aeronautics here, but also Wilson County.”
The new terminal will be two stories and would feature a large reception area, operator’s office, airport commission room, quiet rooms for pilots, conference rooms designed to hold public or private meetings and at least three offices.
“It is an honor to receive the recognition,” Bay said. “Our airport continues to achieve progress as an essential gateway for local business, which is vital to the economy of the community.”