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"N.Y. Airport Study Recommends Privatization"



Monday, April 7, 2014

N.Y. Airport Study Recommends Privatization 
By Curt Epstein
Aviation International News


An independent study commissioned by New York's Dutchess County recommends
the county privatize its airport, the third busiest general aviation
facility in the state in terms of operations and based aircraft. The
airport, which has a 5,000-foot main runway, is owned and subsidized by the
county. The report compared the airport to those of similar
size-Connecticut's Danbury Municipal and Waterbury-Oxford Airports, Lawrence
Municipal Airport in Massachusetts, Reading Regional Airport in
Pennsylvania, and Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville,
Wis.-and found that Dutchess County was the only one to own and operate its
own FBO.

A second FBO, Richmor Aviation, left the airport last year after more than
30 years of service. The study found the airport FBO is operating at a
$300,000 deficit and suggests the county prepare an RFP to solicit a
privately operated FBO, as it is "challenged in offering the full suite of
FBO services necessary to achieve profitability." It also recommended the
development of an airport-focused marketing plan to further increase
business.

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