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Forecast for 2013
Several airport members of Airport Magazine’s
Editorial Advisory Board offer their personal perspectives
on the economic outlook for 2013
TIM DOLL, A.A.E. | DIRECTOR
At EUG, we are looking forward to 2013. In 2011, we had a record year for
passenger traffic, and we are set to break the record again in 2012.
With the addition of nonstop Honolulu and Palm Springs service, we are
on a path to continue our growth in 2013. Looking forward, we are cautiously
optimistic that our growth will continue at a rate of 2 percent- 3 percent.
One item of major concern for EUG is the pending “fiscal cliff” and what
that will do to the economy and how it will impact FAA services at small
hub airports. If the fiscal cliff is avoided, EUG is predicting reaching approximately 410,000 enplanements for 2013. We are excited about our current route
structure and are working on additional routes with numerous carriers.
As Eugene Airport continues to grow, it was necessary for us to restructure
our top management team. This restructuring will help us to remain flexible
and adapt to the ever-changing industry in which we work.
Over the past five years, customer service has been of utmost importance to
us, and this will continue to be emphasized to my staff and our tenants.
As the airport continues to grow in passenger numbers, we also are preparing for capacity enhancements to our terminal building. All these planned
enhancements will be undertaken with the goal of providing exemplary customer service.
LYNN KUSY, C.M. | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PHOENIX-MESA GATEWAY AIRPORT
At Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, we expect 2013 to be another growth
year, with passenger traffic up about 14 percent to 1.6 million.
We will build two more gates, bringing the total to 10. With Allegiant Air
continuing to expand, and with Spirit Airlines and Frontier serving new destinations, we may have as many as 40 nonstop destinations by the end of 2013.
Concession revenues may increase at a slightly higher rate, thanks to our
repositioning of food and beverage outlets in the gate area.
Heavy lift of completed Apache helicopters to international destinations
will be the bulk of our cargo tonnage.
New construction will include runway and taxiway improvements, ramp
extensions, and completion of the Able Engineering facility, a 190,000-square-