At the first Airport Authority meeting of the new year, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority discussed the year ahead and the year that was.
While steady progress is continuing on the airport's new Fire Station, construction has fallen behind schedule by two weeks, due to a combination of weather and delays in finishing the concrete foundation. The delay tentatively puts the completion date of the station in mid-June, though Airport General Manager Jim Galloway stated that the drywall hanging scheduled for February would provide a better estimate.
“That’ll be an indicator of when it will be complete,” said Airport General Manager Jim Galloway.
The study of the weight bearing capacity of the airport’s main runway, Runway 1735, will get under way this month, with engineers taking core samples of the runway to show the weight it can handle on a daily basis.
December saw a rise in both enplanements and air traffic.
Air traffic saw a rise of 95 from November and a rise of 345 from last December, with a December 2013 total of 1,585.
Overall, air traffic for 2013 was a total of 18,616, a rise of 414 from 2012.
Enplanements for December were 3,364, an increase of 559 from November’s total and an increase of 276 from December of 2012.
Overall, enplanements for 2013 were slightly less than 2012, with 2013 having 36,423 enplanements to 2012’s 36,611.
The next scheduled meeting for the Valdosta Lowndes County Airport Authority will be held on Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Valdosta Airport.