Airport Business

OCT 2018

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EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW 22 airportbusiness October 2018 do we pretend to be a business airport where you’d need the repetition of two, three, four flights per day to a destination. We’re not there yet and that’s a challenge. AB: With recent media reports causing concerns about Allegiant in some communities, are you hearing concerns from your community as well given how big of a presence they have at your airport? MD: None at all. They’re very big supporters of the airline. I think Allegiant would confirm that Rockford has one of their highest load factors. We’re continuously in the very hierarchy of the Allegiant system for load factor and looking down the road to future bookings, they look extremely strong. Allegiant has been a great corporate partner in this area, so we’re very supportive of Allegiant. AB: Your airport started charging for parking in January. How has the public responded to the change and is it creating the revenues envisioned? MD: It is creating the revenues we hoped for. We intentionally kept the price very low compared to other airports in the area and we’ve had no real negative blowback at all. AB: With AAR’s new facility up and running, what kind of impact has the airport seen from the new facility? Is it living up to expectations? MD: It has been extremely successful. It’s nice to see our airport with so many aircraft from major airlines here that are being worked on. Right across the street from the AAR facility, our community college, Rock Valley College, built a new training school for A&P mechanics. Historically they’ve been on the airport for about 30 years and they were producing 20 to 25 students per year graduating. We asked them to up that game significantly. They’ve gone from a 9,000-square-foot facility to a 40,000-square-foot facility and they’re now graduating about 125 students per year. The program is already booked for the Building Solutions... On budget, on schedule, on target... Cost-efficient building solutions from Varco Pruden Buildings provide attractive and affordable structures for: • hangars • flight based operations • cargo facilities • aircraft maintenance With our value-engineered steel framed building systems, recycled material content and long-life "cool paint" choices, VP Buildings can provide energy-efficient structures to help curb operating costs. Find out more. This free brochure is available at Varco Pruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.

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