ADOT has named the Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport as the 2013 Airport of the Year.
Lake Havasu City has long been recognized as one of Arizona's premier spots for travel and tourism, and the city's airport is essential to the flourishing tourism industry. This award is one way to recognize this airport for its superior service and accomplishments over the past year.
The award was presented to the airport manager and staff at the Arizona Airports Association Spring Conference in Page at the Lake Powell Resort and Marina in early April.
About the Airport
"We are thrilled to receive this award from ADOT and to be recognized for our efforts as we serve our customers and our community," said Steve Johnston, supervisor and manager of the Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport. "We are considered a gateway to the region for businesses, tourists and events, and we embrace our role as ambassadors to our visitors. As an airport, our goal is to enhance visitors' positive memories of Lake Havasu and hopefully attract them to return for future visits."
Each year, the Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport logs approximately 50,000 takeoffs and landings. It houses 142 aircraft on its 646-acre facility. There are only four full-time staff members who keep the airport running smoothly every day. Many flight-training students from around the world routinely use the airport, and the facility also attracts corporate aircraft flying into and out of Southern California.
The airport has had some major successes and accomplishments in 2012:
- In July, the airport partnered with the Rio Colorado chapter of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women Pilots to host the national Air Race Classic and serve as a starting point for this historic race that dates back to 1929.
- Also in July, the airport partnered its fixed-base operator to host an international helicopter manufacturing company for certification testing of rotorcraft.
- The airport hosted an Army search-and-rescue Blackhawk exercise in July.
- In March, they partnered with the Air Force Academy to host the Collegian Flight Training Competition.
- In September, they hosted Luke Air Force Base for an F-16 emergency landing repair and mechanics security effort.
The estimated direct local economic impact to the community due to these activities is approximately $194,000.
"We are very pleased to recognize Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport for their exceptional service and commitment to Arizona's system of airports," said ADOT Director John Halikowski. "Tourism is the backbone of the Lake Havasu City economy and the airport plays a vital role in ensuring that everyday operations provide services that meet customers' needs. It's proof that a medium-size airport with a small staff can do great things to attract visitors, businesses, the military and special events."