We were up 16.2% on enplanements in the month of August over August last year. With a reduction of 1.7% in the amount of seats available.
In September we were down .9% over September last year. That is great considering we lost the Albuquerque flight and Southwest saw a 5.8% reduction.
The airlines are reducing flights to fill the aircraft we have here. Please book your trips early. The more early bookings the easier it is for the airlines to justify extra aircraft and flights.
We are projected to surpass Lubbock this year in enplanements. In the calendar year we are projecting a number around 500,000 people.
The new ramp construction is set to begin tomorrow. Jones Brothers has 60 days to finish Phase 1. The entire project should be completed in 225 days.
Airport Managers Notice
The Midland International Airport will be hosting the Commemorative Air Force annual Airsho between October 12th and October 14th 2012. The closures listed below will be in effect to promote safety and preparation before, during, and after the events. The Airshow Operations area is from the surface to 17500 AGL, within a five (5) nautical mile radius of Midland International Airport
DATE TIME-LOCAL DURATION
October 12, 2012 0930 – 1230 3 hrs
October 13, 2012 1230 – 2000 8.5 hrs
October 14, 2012 1130 – 1730 6 hrs
Midland International Airport will be closed daily, October 12 through October 14, 2012 during the aerobatic demonstrations. Arrivals and departures are not permitted during periods of aerobatic demonstrations.*
*NOTE: the only exceptions are for Air Carrier Aircraft, Airsho aircraft, and those aircraft who have received prior permission from the Airport Manager and Midland ATC.
Note: All General Aviation and AIRSHO traffic should expect a 30-45 minute delay for an Airport Operations Airfield Inspection after the event, daily. Non-air carrier traffic must remain on the non-movement area until the inspection has been completed and NOTAM cancelled.
RUNWAY & TAXIWAY CLOSURE
-RWY 10/28 west 3000 feet are closed from 10/12/12 0800L- Until further notice
-TWY ‘A’ and TWY ‘E’ will be closed from 10/9/12 0800L- Until further notice
-TWY ‘T’ has been re-opened due to TWY ‘A’ and TWY ‘E’ being closed for AIRSHO. PLEASE EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AS TWY ‘T’ IS UNMARKED.
-TWY ‘P’ West 100ft from TWY ‘H’ to RWY 10/28 will be closed from 10/11/12 08000L- Until further notice
For any further questions or comments contact Airport Operations – 432-560-2200 ext. 6
July saw all three airlines have positive growth months over last year. The three combined average a 9.5% increase over July of 2011. YTD we are up 4.8%
We are trending above the 9 year average in every month of the fiscal year so far.
Over the last two months we have had more enplanements than Lubbock.
The painting contractor anticipates having all the painting completed by the second week of September.
The executive hangar construction is progressing currently with the concrete drainage gutters in Phase 3. That phase should be completed in the next 2-3 weeks and Phase 4 should be started prior to the next airport board meeting.
The next apron reconstruction project has been accelerated. Due to XCORs lease of the AMI hangar displaced pilots and aircraft will not have a location to store their aircraft. We have asked Jones Brothers to begin work as soon as possible so we can have the greatest number of tenants displaced and moved back in prior to the AMI hangar being turned over to XCOR.
Northwest Taxiway Extension Project
Roadway work and utility work has begun and should be completed in the next 6-8 weeks. Construction has begun on the first two hangars.
A parking discussion has been scheduled during the September 11th City Council briefings.
The CAF is hosting a Mustang Stampede this Saturday the 25th. For more information please visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/?page=cms/event&eventID=153
Next Airport Board Meeting
The next airport board meeting is Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
RWY 16L/34R was closed this morning for the transition to the RWY 28 end of the PAPI project being done by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We have been told by the FAA the runway and approaches are to be flight checked on September 10th. If the approaches and PAPIs are certified we anticipate opening the runways shortly after that when the project has been signed off by the FAA.
The PAPIs have been completed on the 10 end. Monday the 13th at 0700L the project will transition to the 28 end requiring the closure of RWY 16L/34R. The entire PAPI system is scheduled to be flight checked on September 10th. If they are completed and the flight check aircraft passes and certifies the PAPIs we expect to open the runways shortly after that flight check.
RWY 10/28 UPDATE: The PAPIs themselves and the concrete pads have been installed on the RWY 10 end. Wiring them up is next. After that the project will transition to the RWY 28 end and will take place inside the safety area for RWY 16L/34R and RWY 10/28. We will need to close RWY 16L/34R per FAA safety rules to allow for a safe installation for both construction personnel and aircraft. When we have a good date range to announce we will do so in three places: our facebook page, our twitter page, and our blog.
The runway was closed due to the FAA replacing the VASIs. The VASIs will be replaced by PAPIs at both ends of the runway. The initial plan is for the runways to be closed until at least September 10, 2012. Please check back here for more information at a later date. If there will be a significant extension, notices will be made here, Facebook, and Twitter.
Up 2.8% over May of 2011. For the year we are up 3.5%.
Fuel Sales are down in all sectors other than Airline/Cargo customers.
We are month over month over the nine year average.
Rehabilitate Taxiway Systems
Painting still needs to be completed on TWYs A, B, M, P, W. A hold short marking is missing on TWY W prohibiting us from opening RWY 16L/34R. Winds have prevented the painting contractor from actually laying out the markings.
Executive Apron Reconstruction
Phase 2 will have hot mix applied in about 2 weeks and should be completed by the next meeting.
The next major project in the executive hangar area that will be done is the reconstruction of all the ramp areas near the hangars west of the current work. It will be broken down into phases so only a few hangars are displaced at a time.
Old East Hangar
The building has been taken down and the final debris removal is being finished.
2012 Disaster Exercise (DisEx)
The disaster exercise went very well. We had all the local law enforcement and mutual aid responders show up. the local area hospitals also participated to earn mass casualty credit.
Visit our Flickr page to see photos of the day.
Parking Lot Addition
A feasibility study has been done on a vacant lot west of the existing parking lots with three phases. Whether or not it is covered is an additional cost consideration that needs to be discussed. Initial estimates show the cost to construct the lot will double if the lot is covered. A construction proposal will be drafted to submit to the board at the next meeting.
Southwest Airlines Flight Schedule
Starting in November 2012 Southwest will add an extra Houston and Las Vegas flight. As a result of those additions we will lose a Dallas flight. A net gain and a positive sign that Southwest believes in Midland’s passenger base. We hope to see a new 737-800 on some of those flights.
The next meeting is Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m.
Located in the Media Room on the third floor of the Terminal Building.
10:15- Incident/Incursion Reviews for the past 12 months
10:45- Airport Management updates/concerncs
11:15- FAA air Traffic updates/concerns
12:00- Airline updates/concerns
12:20- FBO updates/concerns
12:40- General Aviation concerns
13:00- Development of action plan
14:20- Final thoughts and adjournment