Friday, December 16, 2016

Bradford Airport Authority approves balanced budget

The Bradford Regional Airport Authority on Wednesday approved the 2017 operating budget that shows income and expenditures balancing out at $573,418.

Despite increases in insurance costs for health and disability, airport liability, commercial auto, professional liability and commercial property coverage, the spending plan actually is $26,348 lower than the current budget.

Other increases in expenses are projected for gas and electricity, while water and sewage fees are projected to remain unchanged, as are terminal and building repairs and runway and field repairs.

In the income column, the intergovernmental funding shows a decrease.

Income for the airline, hangar, and restaurant, ramp service, tenant utilities and Federal Aviation Administration rentals are slated to show no change from 2016.

A decrease in expenditures is shown for the Labor-Administration and Operations category due to savings realized from employment of part-time workers.

In other news, figures for Southern Air Express, the low-fare airline providing daily service from Bradford to Pittsburgh International Airport, continues to be impressive.

Since no authority meeting was held in November due to lack of a quorum, Ryan Dach, Bradford station manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region for Southern Air Express, released figures for October that showed 434 outbound and 411 incoming passengers, for an average of 16.25 passengers per day.

Of the 105 scheduled flights, 101 operated for a 96.2 percent completion factor. The four flights were cancelled due to weather.

The November numbers showed 348 outbound and 362 incoming passengers, an average of 13.65 passengers per day. Ninety of the 99 scheduled flights operated, a 91 percent completion factor. Six of the nine cancelled flights were weather-related, while one was due to maintenance and two were listed as operations cancellations.

Not only is Southern Air Express posting good numbers at Bradford, but the Memphis-based airline is now offering service in Harrisburg, Johnstown, Morgantown, W.Va., and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Service from DuBois is to begin Jan. 3.

In his report to the authority, engineer Brian Wolfel noted the new door project for the Forest Oil hangar is still in the design stages. Later in the meeting, authority members approved an engineering agreement with GAI Consultants in the amount of $69,650.84 for this work.


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