ALAMOSA— The San Luis Valley Regional Airport had positive news to bring to the Alamosa County Commissioners.
During his report, Airport Manager Will Hickman said that Boutique Air is projecting 713 enplanements for December. The most recent reporting from Boutique Air indicated higher overall numbers for 2019 with 7,765 enplanements for the year thus far.
Hickman also was quick to point out that he is working to gather information from the charter flights that come through Alamosa.
Additionally, Eagle Air Med Services has provided a verbal commitment that the company’s total number of flights from SLV Regional Airport is 400 for 2019. Furthermore, Hickman is working with Centric Aviation to gather data related to the number of landings and fuel consumption, etc.
Hickman also gave a caveat that the December number is still only a projection that is high in his estimation. However, he expects the upward trend to continue. He added that if the numbers remain high, it is possible the airport could exceed 8,000 enplanements for 2019. If that number is reached, the airport then would be eligible for a higher level of funding from the Federal Aviation Administration. If these numbers are reached, the airport’s funding availability from the FAA will increase from $150,000 to 600,000 in 2021.
“If we can get this, the whole airport is going to benefit,” Hickman said.
He said that once the data is finalized, he will have a better idea of what to expect in the coming months.
Hickman expressed optimism about the data and the overall direction of the airport. The Commissioners commended the work that has already taken place at the facility over the past several years.
“We’ve come a long way,” Commissioner Michael Yohn said. There was a consensus that when the airport receives a benefit, the entire community will benefit.