So...A management contract??? Seems like unfair competition and doesn't smell right.
Seems like a huge waste of taxpayer money and ripe for litigation. What company in their right mind would invest $10MM in facilities on a field with that level...(so little) of traffic? And...based on projections that another manufacturer is siting there??? Normally only a fool or a government entity would do such a wasteful thing. I don't think the Airport Authority is on the right course here. Too bad for the tax payers!
Something appears to be seriously wrong with this railroad and the train has already left the station.
Competition is is not a bad thing. Airport subsidized competition is! This upsets a very delicate balance that will haunt the airport for decades.
Two starving FBO's is not a better situation to create. Airports and AAAE should rethink the concept of "creating opportunities" for competition and let the free market dictate where the investment in infrastructure should be made if it should be made.
mladd may get a second FBO, but it won't solve the problem that "insufficient return on investment" creates. Let the market determine what's right and get the Airport and current operators on the same page of what level of service is needed and achievable. Unless there is way over a million gallons of "retail" fuel another FBO will only make matters worse.
Unfortunatly, Flight Schools, FAA examiners and private pilots are "moving away" everywhere, not just CHA. This economy is hurting us all...