A master plan is being initiated for Grand Canyon National Park Airport to assess its existing and future role while also providing direction and guidance for future development. An airport master plan (AMP) is a process to plan for the short-, intermediate- and long-term development goals of the airport. The Grand Canyon National Park Airport Master Plan is being undertaken to evaluate the airport's capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand and to plan for facility improvements that may be required to meet that demand. The AMP will have a 20-year planning horizon and will be developed through a combination of professional and public involvement.
The goal of the AMP is to provide the framework needed to guide future airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic issues. Some of the specific objectives of the AMP for Grand Canyon National Park Airport include the following:
- Maintain and ensure safety and security for the airport.
- Plan for phased, incremental development that meets foreseeable aviation demand and maintains flexibility for change.
- Evaluate sustainability options and environmental requirements.
The AMP is intended to be a proactive document that identifies and then plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need for the facilities. This is done to ensure that the Grand Canyon National Park Airport can coordinate project approvals, design, financing and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities.
The Grand Canyon National Park Airport Master Plan will be prepared in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation's Multimodal Planning Division Aeronautics Group (ADOT-MPD, Aeronautics Group) guidelines and industry-accepted practices, including Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans, and Advisory Circular 150/5300-13A, Airport Design. This study is anticipated to take approximately 24 months to complete, which includes time for agency reviews and FAA approvals of both the AMP forecasts and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawings.