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Palm Springs leaders discuss airport concessions, downtown park

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An American Airlines flight takes off Palm Springs International Airport, November 19, 2019. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

More improvements are coming to the Palm Springs International Airport.

On Thursday, the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the airport concession lease agreement and concept designs related to a demonstration garden and future turf conversion projects.

An extension of the concessions agreement with Paradies Shops, which has operated at the airport since 1999, will be in effect through April 2023, according to the city.

It will include a $512,000 investment from Paradies to improve food and bar spaces with proposed concepts such as Santa Rosa Kitchen and Spirits, PSP Coffee House and The Wine Bar at PSP in lieu of the 12th Fairway, Starbucks and California Vintage. 

Approving the amendment will allow Paradies to begin working on design plans, acquiring equipment and hiring staff in

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$4.4 million in improvements recommended for Portage airport; City costs estimated at $300,000 | Local Government

The current design of the airport is functional for small aircrafts that can seat up to six passengers.

The city has three development options to upgrade the airport. The first would cost approximately $4.4 million and would require the city to acquire nearby land. City costs for that option would be about $300,000 due to the availability of state and federal funds. 

Option one would include shortening the usable length of the runways, from about 3,700 feet to 3,300 feet and redeveloping current hangers and terminals to bring the airport into safety compliance with the FAA.

“This is the safety and compliance option,” said Watson. “It does not impact any surrounding roads, it does not impact any surrounding residential property. Overall, of the options, this is the least impactful option.”

While this option is the most inexpensive and least disruptive to residents and nearby homes, it would decrease the usable

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$4.4M in improvements recommended for Portage airport | Local Government

Portage Municipal Airport needs upgrades to qualify for federal funds and meet potential needs of businesses and recreational aviators, according to findings from a 2018 study.

The city, along with TKDA Engineering out of Downers Grove, Illinois, presented the findings of a use study and plans to upgrade the airport at 1011 Silver Lake Drive, to residents in a public meeting Tuesday night. About 15 people attended including Mayor Rick Dodd.

The use study was conducted

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Don’t delay Aspen-Pitkin County Airport improvements | Opinion

Editor:

Some Airport Vision Committee members now want to recant their vote recommending airside improvements at Aspen’s airport based on supposedly new information.

The first bit of new info is a quote from a Mitsubishi PR guy on the CRJ-700’s remaining design life. He isn’t exactly an authoritative source. Mitsubishi bought the CRJ “product line” for the maintenance network that it plans to use to service other aircraft. It doesn’t manufacture the 700 and is new to maintaining them. The plane is old for its type. Inefficiency, increased repair costs, and customer resistance are all pressing the airlines to switch to younger, more efficient, cheaper-to-fly aircraft. As they switch, which they’re still doing, pilot union contracts require them to mothball a 700 for each new regional jet they buy. The 700 is going away. Don’t take it from me; watch the Board of County Commissioners Sept. 9 work session video

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McCarran Airport to kick off $13M renovation project

A $13 million renovation project at McCarran International Airport is set to begin this month.

The project kicks off Sept. 30 and is planned to upgrade the C Concourse, the base for the airport’s busiest carrier, Southwest Airlines. The goal is to bring the concourse up to par with the rest of Terminal 1.

“With the recent decrease in passenger traffic, we were presented with a unique opportunity to complete a major project with minimal impact on travelers,” Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County director of aviation, said in a statement. “The enduring allure of Las Vegas leaves no doubt that we will soon be welcoming more visitors back. When they return, we look forward to greeting them with a more spacious and easily navigated C Concourse.”

Carpets in the C Concourse will be replaced with terrazzo flooring. Carpeting in the passenger waiting areas of gates will be replaced with Gerflor, which

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Akron City Council approves improvements to Akron Executive Airport, paving way for development on nearby land

AKRON, Ohio – City Council on Monday approved plans for more than $6 million in work at Akron Executive Airport, including improved runway lights and reconstruction of a runway that would allow for development of nearby land.

The city is slated to pay for $149,500, or 5%, of $2.99 million for improvements to runway lights and signs, pavement markings and the reconstruction of about 6,000 feet of the fence around the airport perimeter, and is asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to cover the other 95%,

Public Service Director Chris Ludle said the city’s request for a grant could be funded in part or in full, and while state funding is limited, “if we don’t apply, there’s no chance to get it.”

The second project, estimated at $3.73 million, will be covered entirely by the Federal Aviation Administration, and includes a reconfiguration of one of the airport’s two runways.

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MidAmerica Airport gets $6M grant for security, infrastructure improvements

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, was awarded a grant worth nearly $6.5 million to improve safety and security infrastructure at the airport.



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The grant, which was awarded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, will be used to nearly double the size of the terminal. The expansion will include a standard TSA screening area, two new boarding bridges and a nursing room.

The upgrade will also provide ADA enhancements for passengers with disabilities, an expanded departure lounge and more room for a concession area.

The airport’s director said the improvements come at a good time, as the airport has seen a large increase in passengers over the last five years.

“Passengers have grown from 63,000 total passengers in 2015 to over 300,000 total passengers in 2019, and given our focus on serving the leisure travel market, we fully expect to get back on

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Airport, city to see improvements | News

“This will trash up the currently peaceful drive into Skiatook,” Windsor stated.

Michael Render, who owns 25 acres directly across Highway 20 from the mini storage was concerned that the city was thinking too small in their plans for the corridor from Highway 75 into Skiatook. He stated the developer has a very good plan, but wondered if the storage facility met the bigger picture of what the city sees as the potential for the corridor. He recommended tabling or disproving the proposal.

Clay Staires said, “I don’t know about a storage unit to welcome people to town. It looks like a beautiful little place, but it’s a storage unit.” He also stated that the council did not have to approve the proposal.

Chris Tracy recently bought a house in the area and was concerned about his grandkids being near a storage facility.

City Lawyer Joel Barnaby informed the council

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