Victoria Regional Airport and the Economy

Updated: 4/02/2013 5:46 pm

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Victoria Regional Airport and the Economy

Weeks before federal funding at the tower ends, a local company with a familiar face has stepped in to keep it up and running. We did some digging into the company's background and also crunched the numbers and we also uncovered new details into a second plan county leaders are paying close attention to.

On a daily basis 225 flights take off from Victoria Regional airport which comes to nearly 65,000 flights a year with the help of the air traffic control tower since 2008. Federal funding for the tower ends on April 21st, but a local company called
ClearedDirect has offered to keep it afloat for 385,000 a year.

Jason Milewski is not only the airport manager but he's also an employee of ClearedDirect. According to Milewski the company already provides services to the run the airport through a contract with the county. He said because of that, he's able to give to provide the county a cost effective bid. Keeping the control tower afloat is essential not only for safety reasons to direct the airplanes, but it contributes to our local economy. Airport officials said since the air control tower was built fuel sales have almost doubled.

However, with the airport bringing in a high volume of revenue what does this mean for the average person? Txdot officials will decide on Thursday if they will fund the tower or not. Milewski said if county officials turn down his bid they will have to find another bid from another contractor in order to receive funds from Txdot.
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