Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Naples Airport officials look at possible expansion

NAPLES -

Could more commercial flights be headed to Naples?

That's just one of the questions the Naples Airport Authority hopes to have answered in an update to their master plan. They'll ask the board on Thursday for permission to submit a million-dollar grant application to the FAA to pay for it.

Chris Rozanskly, executive director of the Naples Airport Authority, said the master plan "...helps you to identify where we're at today, trends in the industry in aviation and travel in general, how our facilities compare to the needs we have today and up to 20 years down the road."

A professional consultant would lead the study, which could take up to two years to complete. Rozanskly said there would be plenty of chances for public input. 

What are the chances for expansion? "It has to be measured with the needs of the community. If we identify some trends that call for expansion, we would look at how to do that in a responsible way," he said.

Naples resident Trevor Tibstra lives near the airport and said he hopes the expansion happens

"It's really not an issue; you're standing right next to the airport right now, and you don't hear anything," Tibstra said.

"It's not loud, you see them go by, you see the little ones playing around, too. It's actually kind of neat to watch them," said Darlene Stacey, another who lives nearby.

The master plan was last updated in 1997. If the grant is approved, they hope to start the study late next year. 

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