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Airport steering committee will observe traffic

Members hope to determine immediate, long-term needs

— Members of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport Steering Committee will meet at the airport terminal to observe passenger traffic at 1 p.m. Saturday.

It is one of the busiest travel days of the year, according to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., and Airport Manager Jim Parker.

The committee hopes the visit will help it to determine the immediate and long-term needs of the inadequate airport terminal.



Many of the steering committee members, including local business representatives and Routt County, Steamboat Springs and Hayden officials have never been to the airport on a busy Saturday, Parker said.

“It is too difficult to try to envision the impact to the facility that the large numbers have,” Parker said.



With throngs of skiers and other visitors coming in and out of the airport terminal, YVRA experiences overcrowding in ticket lines and baggage claims. New security measures have added to the bottleneck.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said the committee will look at options of putting together a “mechanism” to keep the city, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Ski Corp., Routt County, the town of Hayden and other communities involved working together for the long-term benefit of the airport and the services it provides.

One possible option for addressing the perceived need for a new terminal building would be implementing an airport authority.

“The steering committee is to determine whether an airport authority would be the best entity to operate the airports from the standpoint that it’s one step away from the political arena,” Parker said. “They might be a focused group on airports as opposed to divided attentions with other city and county responsibilities.”

But, steering committee member and County Commissioner Doug Monger said there are about as many negatives associated with an airport authority as positives.

“The biggest con for me is the lack of control with an airport authority,” Monger said. “There are no elected officials there.”

The steering committee has also discussed getting an intergovernmental agreement among relevant governments on how the YVRA is to be run in the future.

There is also the “do-nothing option,” as Monger described.

“We could always keep going the way we’ve been going, and let the county do all they possibly can to keep the airport going.”

“It’s a process that’s going to take some time,” Parker said.

It is one of the busiest travel days of the year, according to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., and Airport Manager Jim Parker.

The committee hopes the visit will help it to determine the immediate and long-term needs of the inadequate airport terminal.

Many of the steering committee members, including local business representatives and Routt County, Steamboat Springs and Hayden officials have never been to the airport on a busy Saturday, Parker said.

“It is too difficult to try to envision the impact to the facility that the large numbers have,” Parker said.

With throngs of skiers and other visitors coming in and out of the airport terminal, YVRA experiences overcrowding in ticket lines and baggage claims. New security measures have added to the bottleneck.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said the committee will look at options of putting together a “mechanism” to keep the city, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Ski Corp., Routt County, the town of Hayden and other communities involved working together for the long-term benefit of the airport and the services it provides.

One possible option for addressing the perceived need for a new terminal building would be implementing an airport authority.

“The steering committee is to determine whether an airport authority would be the best entity to operate the airports from the standpoint that it’s one step away from the political arena,” Parker said. “They might be a focused group on airports as opposed to divided attentions with other city and county responsibilities.”

But, steering committee member and County Commissioner Doug Monger said there are about as many negatives associated with an airport authority as positives.

“The biggest con for me is the lack of control with an airport authority,” Monger said. “There are no elected officials there.”

The steering committee has also discussed getting an intergovernmental agreement among relevant governments on how the YVRA is to be run in the future.

There is also the “do-nothing option,” as Monger described.

“We could always keep going the way we’ve been going, and let the county do all they possibly can to keep the airport going.”

“It’s a process that’s going to take some time,” Parker said.


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