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Record-Breaking Year for DRO Airport

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MORE THAN 390,000 PASSENGERS TRAVELED THROUGH THE DURANGO-LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT, MAKING 2020 THE BUSIEST YEAR ON RECORD YOU'RE WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK

I'M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE PASSENGER TRAFFIC INCREASED A HEALTHY 3 POINT 1 PERCENT OVER 2018 ENPLANEMENTS, AND IT REPRESENTS A 32 PERCENT INCREASE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AND THE INCREASE TRANSLATES INTO MORE REVENUE FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS THE CITY OF DURANGO, THE LA PLATA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE AIRPORT COMMISSION APPROVED THE DRAFT OF A 20-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT WILL EXPAND PARKING TO THE NORTH AND EAST, EXPAND TERMINAL FACILITIES TO ACCOMMODATE GROWTH, AND WILL IMPROVE AND EXPAND THE PARKING APRON WHERE PLANES LOAD AND UNLOAD PASSENGERS AND REALLY, WHAT IT DOES IS EXPANDS THE BUILDING PRIMARILY TO THE NORTh ON THAT FRONT

SO WHAT IT DOES IS IT PUSHES OUT THE NORTHERN LIMIT OF THE BUILDING, REALLY RESETS THE CENTER LINE OF THE BUILDING, SO IT PRINCIPALLY MOVES OUR MAIN CORRIDOR AND TSA SCREENING CHECKPOINT TO ESSENTIALLY WHERE THE BAGGAGE CLAIM IS LOCATED TODAY AND THEN BUILD ON FROM THERE TO THE NORTH SO IT REALLY RESETS THAT CENTER POINT OF THE TERMINAL, EXPANDS THE GATE HOLD ROOM AREAS, ALLOWS FOR FULL SIZE CONCESSION, POST-SECURITY, TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND IT GIVES US A PLATFORM TO DEVELOP OVER A 20 YEAR PERIOD THE CITY COUNCIL AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE EXPECTED TO FORMALLY ADOPT THE EXPANSION PLAN IN APRIL

EARLY ESTIMATES PLACE THE PRICE TAG FOR ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MILLION DOLLARS BUT VICARI SAID THE PLAN CALLS FOR COVERING THE COSTS WITH FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRTION GRANTS, PASSENGER FEES AND OTHER RESOURCES THE EXPANSION WILL BE PHASED AS FUNDING BECOMES AVAILABLE WE ARE QUITE CONSCIOUS THAT A $40 MILLION INVESTMENT IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE AIRPORT'S KIND OF SWING RADIUS FINANCIALLY AND SO WE'RE WORKING TO WHITTLE THAT DOWN A LITTLE BIT

OUR EARLY ESTIMATES IN TERMS OF PHASING AND BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY A FIRST PHASE, IT CAN BE AS LOW AS $15, $18 MILLION UP THROUGH POTENTIALLY THE $30 MILLION RANGE AND IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE PLANNING TO PAY FOR IT I'M STILL WORKING ON THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT, BUT THE CONCEPT HERE IS TO PRIMARILY FOCUS ON AIRPORT FUNDING SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT GRANT REVENUE STREAMS THAT WE HAVE, THROUGH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND STATE AND AERONAUTICS AIRPORT REVENUES JUST AS A REMINDER, THE AIRPORT'S AN ENTERPRISE FUND IN THE CITY OF DURANGO

WE DON'T ACCEPT ANY LOCAL TAX DOLLARS, PROPERTY OR SALES, AND ARE ABLE TO OPERATE IN THE BLACK EVERY YEAR WITH THE REVENUES WE PRODUCE SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AIRPORT REVENUES AND POTENTIALLY LOOKING AT BONDING OFF OF SOME OF BOTH AIRPORT REVENUES AND OUR PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGES SO, AT THIS POINT, WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT ANY KIND OF LOCAL TAX INITIATIVE, FOCUSING STRICTLY ON OUR GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND LOCAL AIRPORT REVENUE TO LEARN MORE, VISIT FLY DURANGO DOT COM OR DURANGO GOV DOT ORG THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS EDITION OF THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK

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