The Florida Department of Transportation named Naples Municipal Airport the state’s general aviation airport of the year for 2012. The award recognizes superior achievement in the airport’s safety program; appearance and impression left on users; and management, including innovative programs, service to the public, financial stability and compliance with regulations.
Aaron N. Smith, state aviation director for FDOT, presented the award Tuesday during the 43rd Annual Florida Airports Council Conference in Naples.
“This airport continues the tradition of providing the local community and state with an airport that is economically self-sufficient while remaining focused on improving safety and security with an emphasis on maintaining the aesthetics and acoustics that are important to local residents,” said Smith. “The airport manager and his staff relentlessly seek opportunities to bring new businesses to the airport, thereby increasing job opportunities and economic growth.”
Smith also cited the rehabilitation of the main runway in 2011 and most taxiways during the last four years; exceptional service to airport users; use of the airport as a venue for community events; and the customs facility that opened in 2010, saving time and fuel costs for international flights.
Other local airports honored included Marco Island Executive Airport for general aviation project of the year and Southwest Florida International Airport for commercial service airport of the year.
Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air carrier airport, is home to flight schools, air charter operators and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, car rental agencies and the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no property tax dollars. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the airport accommodated more than 84,000 takeoffs and landings. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s economic impact to the community at more than $273 million annually.
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