Airport Board

Airport Board Meeting 9/17/13

Enplanements

American was up 13.7% over August of 2012

Southwest was down 9.2% over August of 2012

United was up 8.5% over August of 2012

We had 116 more commercial landings in August 2013 vs. August 2012

 

Construction

New Parking Lot

The contractor is currently working on the sub-pavement grading. After this has been completed base material will be applied to bring the lot to grade. Then paving will commence. The project from beginning to end should take 120 days.

 

Airpark Improvements

We will be replacing the lighting systems, rehabilitating the runway surfaces, and addressing some drainage issues. The bids were opened and a contractor was selected. TxDOT is currently reviewing the bids and we expect to have a green light from TxDOT very soon. A pre-construction meeting should be taking place in the next 30 days.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Airport Board

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 

Permian Basin Regional Airport Board

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.

Airport Board 8/20/13

Enplanements

July 2013 vs. July 2012

American Eagle up 24.6%

Southwest down 12.9%

United up 9.3%

Overall down 1.8%

Fiscal YTD

Overall up 2.5%

 

Spaceport Progress

We have submitted our application along with all the supplements. We are currently awaiting a response from the FAA.

 

New Parking Lot

Our new Covered Parking Lot will contain approximately 200 spaces. The covering will be similar to what is pictured below. The color of the fabric and structure has not been selected as of this time. Jones Brothers of Odessa won the bid for the construction.

 

New Parking Lot

 

Next Airport Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Airport Board 3/19/13

Enplanements

January 2013 vs. January 2012
American rose 16.1%
Southwest down 5.2%
United rose 16.2%
Overall up 2.2%

February 2013 vs. February 2012
American rose 16.4%
Southwest down 12.2%
United up 8.3%
Overall down 3.5% (due to the leap year, we saw the same drop in numbers in 2008)

Overall we are up 1.1% on the year over last year.

We are above the 7 year average in every month of the fiscal year so far.

Construction

Executive Hangar Reconstruction Area A
Is just about to be finished. There is a few patching items left to be completed. A punch list will be created and addressed to finish the project.

Executive Hangar Reconstruction Area B
Jones Brothers should be completed with Phase 2 and will move on to Phase 3 the 25th.

Northwest Taxiway Extension Project
Roadways have been completed and the hangars are in the final phases of completion.

New Parking Construction
Bids should be announced in May and the plan is to have the lot open by the Thanksgiving Holiday.

XCOR

Spaceport Application
Progress is continuing, we along with the FAA are trying to iron out the details to get the airport approved for spaceflight. Keep in mind we are attempting to become the first Part 139 certificated airport with active air carrier flights to be certified as a spaceport.

Next Meeting

Regional Airport Board
TBD

Airport Planning Board
May 21, 2013 @ 9:00AM

Airport Board Meeting Updates

Enplanements

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.

Construction

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 Board Meeting 6/19/12

Progress Report

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.

Updates

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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/midlandairport/sets/72157630211090242/

 

Aviation Summit

See Aviation Summit Post

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.

The Green section is the "proposed" Phase 1

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.

May Airport Board Meeting 5/15/12

Enplanements

During the month of April we saw another strong month for enplanements which were up on average 2.6%. The fiscal year numbers are even better, we are currently around 4% higher than last year at the same time.

Enplanements for the past nine years compared to the current fiscal year.

Construction

Taxiways

The contractor has completed all milling, resurfacing, crack sealing, and has applied the coal tar sealant to a few other surfaces. Taxiway “S” has been completed with the exception of markings. Currently, the contractor is being held up by weather (wind and rain), but when acceptable weather returns, the surfaces will be marked (starting with RWY 28).
We have decided to use a new product for airports called Thermoplastic markings.  The plastic signs are rolled out and melted to the pavement. They can be removed by a pressure washer for easier replacement.  Additionally, they are resistant to the types of de-icing chemicals and snow removal procedures we currently use.  They do cost more, however they last years longer than paint and hold their color longer.  We will not need to close runways and taxiways more maintenance as often as a result, keeping the airfield surfaces open more often. See this link for more information.

The propane burner used to melt the signs.

This is a sign for Runway 34L-16R after it has been applied.

 

Executive Hangars

Phase I is complete and will be reopened once the weather allows the application of an asphalt transition strip. Phase II will start when Phase I is open, and the contractor has 60 days to complete this area.

The yellow section shows the pavement that will be included in Phase 2

The newly paved section of pavement.

Old East Hangar

The Historical Society released the hangar in March and shortly after that the City of Midland requested bids by demolition companies. The bids for the demolition contract were opened on Wednesday, April 25th. Chamber’s Trucking Service was awarded the contract and will start the removal process in the next two weeks.

Disaster Exercise

The FAA required drill exercising the airport and surrounding communities response to an aircraft disaster is scheduled for June 16th.  Volunteers are still needed and anyone interested can visit www.surveymonkey.com/maf-exercise.

 

Airport Board

Welcome

Welcome everyone to the first post on our new blog. A few things to say right off the bat. This blog is part of the Midland International Airport Social Media Campaign. The other mediums we are attempting as a part of this campaign are Facebook and Twitter. The addresses are www.facebook.com/midlandinternationalairport and www.twitter.com/MidlandAirport. Please feel free to like and/or follow us.

Commercial Passenger Enplanements

During the board meeting today we heard several different progress reports. We will try to highlight a few of them here today. Overall, enplanements at MAF have been positive for several months in a row.

 

 So far this fiscal year we have surpassed the last two fiscals years in every month but one.

Airfield Construction Updates

Taxiways

Taxiway reconstruction is moving along very well. Our contractor has completed the last two sections of milling and repaving early. Currently cold tar sealant is being applied to several sections of the airfield that require the continued closure of several surfaces including three of our four runways.

We anticipate the painting segment of this project will be completed soon. Of course that is entirely dependent on the weather. With the windy spring we have been having our painting contractor has been monitoring the weather very closely to take advantage of any calmer days.

Our thermoplastic contractor has completed the sign installation around the airfield and they look very nice.

 

 

Executive Hangar Pavement

The first section has been completed. After a long process on the first section before the second section can be started we have required the contractor submit a letter verifying all supplies and material has been acquired and is standing by for installation. The next sections to be reconstructed are being reconsidered.

 Northwest Taxiway Extension

The wet utilities have been completed around the new pavement and lines have also been placed for future hangar development. Oncor Electric, Atmos Energy, and AT&T will be installing their services soon for the hangar construction and tenants. The overall completion timeline is 45-60 days from now.

That is all we have for now. Check back here for more in-depth updates. Facebook and Twitter will have more frequent updates on the day to day activities at the airport. Thank you, have a great day and safe travels.