Led by former airport and airline executives and current pilots who draw from a wealth of current industry knowledge to assist clients with all aspects of aviation planning operations and management, the VHB aviation team's recent work for the Mobile Airport Authority was examined in-depth in Airport Improvement Magazine. Manager of Airport Planning Fin Bonset discusses the unique plan to relocate commercial service in the article, "Mobile Eyes Bold Change: Moving Commercial Service Downtown."
After more than 20 years of speculation, the Mobile Airport Authority took the first steps to realize their vision to revamp air service availability and foster economic growth in and around Mobile, AL, by relocating commercial service from the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to the Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM). VHB performed the initial Planning/Feasibility Study for this transformative project in only 120 days.
"It was an unusually short timetable for a study of this kind," said Fin. "It was about striking while the iron was hot."
The findings from the study not only supported the feasibility of the Authority's plan, but found that there was a high level of support from the local community and low-cost airline carriers. Local businesses are eager to adopt the plan due to its potential to stop customers from going to other airports to avoid traffic congestion. Low-cost carriers supported the plan as it would draw more passengers and enable them to add new routes and destinations.
While the work is in the initial stages, officials are enthusiastic about how transformative this project will be for Mobile. Fin also discusses how high the potential return of investment for this project could be for the regional economy and airport system. To read the full article, click here.