Airport Commission in the Market for Jet Tenants


Published on June 11 2012 3:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County Airport Commission is in the market for jet tenants.

Commission Chairman Tony Siemer said work has been completed on a new larger hangar for Heartland Dental Care.  Siemer said the company purchased a larger aircraft, so a suitably-sized building was needed to house the jet.  He said the new structure is the largest building at the airport.

In the meantime, the hangar building that housed Heartland's old jet is open and Siemer said the building that houses R.R. Donnelley's jet may soon be empty.  He said Donnelley's has accepted an offer on the aircraft and it is not to be replaced.

While the Airport will lose the hangar revenue once generated by the Donnelley craft, Siemer said the revenue generated by sale of jet fuel might not drop due to the increase in consumption anticipated by the Heartland aircraft.

Siemer is also hopeful that the larger aircraft will justify additional runway length.  Work to remove trees to make way for the extension could be undertaken next year.

In other airport news, Siemer said work is beginning to replace the lighting on the north/south runway.  He said the project has been let for bids.  An earlier $280,000 project to put a new electrical vault in place will help allow the lighting replacement since the airport had been at capacity.