Apr 9, 2012 9:17 AM by AP

Airport hopes to land private pilots

MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Regional Airport officials are looking into ways to recapture some of the business from general aviation it has lost through the years.

Interim airport manager Ron Phillips tells The News-Star the airport has put together a public-private partnership committee to develop a strategic plan for the airport to increase hangar space and amenities for general aviation pilots to increase airport revenues.

The city's current budget shows the airport has collected just more than $21,000 through the sale of aviation fuel from general aviation pilots. It collects approximately $60,000 per year in hangar rent for general aviation aircraft.

Phillips says there are approximately 55 planes parked at the airport. About 15 of the hangars are designated solely for general aviation craft.


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