In The News Popular Categories

Print

Airport seeks expansion funding; other airlines ‘interested'

CONCORD, N.C. — More than 20,000 passengers have flown in and out of Concord Regional Airport since Allegiant Airlines began commercial operations there on Dec. 20 — and now more airlines are looking at the airport, according to the facility’s director.

But before more services can be provided, the airport needs a roughly 40,000-square-foot “ramp,” or parking area for more planes.

The ramp could be used to handle more commercial traffic, but also provide more space for private airplanes.

Rick Cloutier, aviation director for Concord Regional Airport, said in order to expand operations they need the ramp, which could cost about $4 million.

According to the airport’s website, more than 180 aircraft are currently based at Concord Regional Airport.

If funding is secured for the ramp, construction could begin next year. A terminal is also planned for the airport. If funding can be secured, the terminal would cost about $5 million and construction could begin in 2016. Currently, an old hanger is being used for the terminal for Allegiant Airlines.

Cloutier talked about the need for funding for those projects when U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson visited the airport this week.

“We have other airlines that we’re speaking to all the time that are interested, but we just don’t have the capacity between the terminal building and the ramp space,” Cloutier said.

Hudson said he could see the importance of the funding to make sure Concord Regional Airport has the ability to expand.

“Being able to keep those larger planes coming and what that means, not only for revenue with the tax base and selling gas and everything else, but being able to keep companies here and attract companies that want to fly big jets in and out,” Hudson said.

For instance, Electrolux is based in Charlotte, but keeps its planes at Concord.

“This was a selling point, getting Electrolux to come (to Charlotte),” said Scott Padgett, Concord mayor.

A 2012 study states that Concord Regional Airport has an economic impact of $175,790,000 annually. The 2012 study also states that 1,980 jobs are supported annually because of the airport. Those figures do not include Allegiant Airlines service.

The economic impact of the airport is sure to have grown with the use of Allegiant Airlines, which currently has two Concord flights a week. That is expected to increase to eight by the end of the year.

In addition to requesting Hudson’s help in pushing for government funding for the airport, officials also cited the widening of Derita Road as important to the airport and Concord.

Padgett said they need to have Derita Road widened from Aviation Boulevard to Concord Mills Boulevard to handle the growing traffic.

“This facility provides access to I-85, Concord Mills Mall, ConcordRegionalAirport, several industrial parks and significant residential developments,” according to a worksheet passed out by Brian Hiatt, Concord city manager. “Derita Road will decrease congestion on Concord Mills Boulevard and I-85, as it would provide efficient access to I-77 via I-485.”

Padgett and Hiatt said there are already plans to widen Derita Road up to Rocky RiverBridge, but the widening needs to continue past the bridge to Concord Mills Boulevard.

Padgett asked for Hudson’s help in pushing for funding, which will cost more than $5 million, for the project forward.

“If you look at it from a taxpayer benefit, it makes a lot more sense to do it all now,” Hudson said. “Because you look and you see that you are going to need it. It would be much cheaper for taxpayers to do it all at once rather than come back and peace meal it.”

 

Concord Independent Tribune, by: Michael Knox

  • Office Locations Push

     

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Washington, DC Office 2112 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-3715
    Fax: (202) 225-4036
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-6:00pm
    Washington https://goo.gl/maps/FfWdN51zAXA2
    Concord Office 325 McGill Avenue, NW
    Suite 500
    Concord, NC 28027
    Phone: (704) 786-1612
    Fax: (704) 782-1004
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
    Concord http://goo.gl/maps/RmioT
    Fayetteville Office 225 Green Street, Suite 202
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    Phone: (910) 997-2070
    Fax: (910) 817-7202
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
    Fayetteville https://goo.gl/maps/Mni25etRVjS2
    Pinehurst Office  Sandhills Community College
    Logan Building, Room 221
    3395 Airport Road
    Pinehurst, NC 28374
    (910) 246-5374
    Hours: Tues/Thurs 8:30am-5:30pm
    and by appointment
    Pinehurst https://goo.gl/maps/v1B4FZR24Ao
           
  • HIDDEN_WEBSITE_VARIABLES

     

    How to use: Insert <span class="EXACT_VALUE_LABEL_AS_ENTERED_BELOW">&nbsp;</span> where you'd like the value to be populated.

    Non-breaking space within span tags - &nbsp; - is required for WYSIWYG.

    Label
    (no spaces or special characters)

    Value

    Comments (optional)
    repName John Smith  
    helpWithFedAgencyAddress Haverhill District Office
    1234 S. Courthouse
    Haverhill, CA 35602
     
    district 21st District of California  
    academyUSCitizenDate July 1, 2012  
    academyAgeDate July 1, 2012  
    academyApplicationDueDate October 20, 2012  
    repStateABBR AZ  
    repDistrict 1  
    repState Arizona  
    repDistrictText 1st  
    repPhoto  
    SponsoredBills Sponsored Bills  
    CoSponsoredBills Co-Sponsored Bills  
         
         
         
         
         

Footer Survey





Refresh Number

*By answering this survey, you are subscribing to my newsletter.