Since implementing a new schedule last month, the Dothan Regional Airport has seen an increase in travelers.
“There has been a handful of exciting things that have happened over the last couple of months at the airport,” Adam Hartzog, executive director of the Dothan Regional Airport, said. “People in the community have told us the new schedule is a breath of fresh air.”
During a regular meeting of the Dothan City Commission on Tuesday, Hartzog revealed to commissioners that throughout November, the new schedule, which features 6:55 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. departure times, and 1:55 p.m. and 9 p.m. arrivals, has led to a 26% increase in passengers compared to the same period last year.
Hartzog also touched on recent improvements and the plans for the facility. Some of the upgrades include the installation of a jet bridge and the expansion of hangars to allow larger aircraft to use the airport.
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“We’re about 90% complete with that project,” Hartzog said. “Aero-One Aviation has invested in a 20,000-square-foot facility with a 28-foot door. It is a blessing to have the development out there.”
Delta Airlines will continue to use the airport as the company recently signed a new three-year agreement. However, Hartzog believes more airlines could be added in the future.
“We’re happy with Delta, and I don’t they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon,” Hartzog said. “We are continuing to see growth opportunities in the military contract and airline spaces for the community. We’re in talks with multiple contractors and several airlines.”
Hartzog is grateful to the community for supporting the airport and its future projects.
“Without the commission, our partners, and the traveling public, none of this would be possible,” Hartzog said. “We can’t thank you enough for trusting in the Dothan Airport with your travel needs.”
In other action Tuesday, the city commission:
- Amended Chapter 6, Alcoholic Beverages, Section 6-62 of the City of Dothan Code of Ordinances to update verbiage and advertising requirements.
- Confirmed the costs incurred in the weed abatement of properties determined to be nuisances and turned the amounts over to the county tax collector to be added to the next regular bills for taxes levied against the respective lots and/or parcels of land.
- Appropriated $381,000 per year for 10 years to the Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan to support the pursuit of State of Alabama Site Evaluation Economic Development funding.
- Approved an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding with Wiregrass Pet Rescue and Adoption Center to amend the date to execute the Definitive Agreement to January 1, 2025.
- Entered into an agreement with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for the preparation of a Corridor Study for Brannon Stand Road (AL-605) in the amount of $119,000 at a Federal/City cost share of 80/20 (Federal share $95,200 and City share $23,800) and appropriated funds for said agreement.
- Entered into an agreement with Motorola Solutions for additional equipment, installation and first year of maintenance for the Fire Station Alerting System for Future Stations 10 and 3 at a cost of $97,600 with an added annual maintenance cost of $8,481 starting in FY 2025.
- Reappointed David M. Murphree as a member of the Dothan-Houston County Intellectual Disabilities Board.
- Awarded bids and approved other purchases over $30,000 by the City.
- Approved advance travel requests for City employees.
- Accepted utility easements from Rex Lumber, LLC located at 1375 Hodgesville Road and 518 Renewables Road to provide electrical services to new commercial developments.
- Appointed Lisa Alexander as a member of the Dothan Housing Authority.