Current Airport of the Year

Prescott Regional Airport is ADOT’s 2020 Airport of the Year

Economic impact and advocacy for airport funding are among the reasons Prescott Regional Airport’s Ernest A. Love Field is the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Airport of the Year for 2020.

The airport has won the title before in 2014.

Don Kriz, ADOT Aeronautics Group manager, said Prescott Regional Airport’s accomplishments included securing an extra $10 million in development funding and completing an economic impact study showing the airport’s generation of $160.3 million in economic impact. Prescott Regional Airport also achieved the status of fastest growing commercial service airport in Arizona last year with an increase in passenger enplanements of 174 percent.

“The staff at Prescott Regional Airport has done outstanding work to improve their airport and contribute to the aviation community in Arizona,” said Kriz.

The airport’s other highlights include conducting an innovative on-site Federal Aviation Administration Annual Live Burn training activity and receiving federal and state support for construction of a new $15 million passenger terminal.

“It is truly an honor for the city to receive this recognition from ADOT Aeronautics for the hard work and accomplishments our team at Prescott Regional Airport has accomplished the past year,” said city of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.

ADOT’s Aeronautics Group, part of the agency’s Multimodal Planning Division, decides winners based on accomplishments in aviation advocacy and community relations, airport management, special events and recognition, as well as innovative activities and programs.

The Aeronautics Group works with dozens of airports across Arizona to administer federal and state grants through its Airport Development Program.

Airports bring in approximately $38.5 billion per year to Arizona’s economy, according to state research.