Airport exceeds 10,000 boardings
There were 10,901 boardings at Jamestown Regional Airport through November, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
The report, provided at the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority meeting Wednesday, shows that while boardings are down from the 11,941 through November 2017, the numbers still exceed 2016 and prior years, said Katie Andersen, airport manager.
"We are working with the travel agencies and large businesses that travel in making sure they have good information," Andersen said. "We want to know if they are satisfied with the service and communicate that with SkyWest Airlines."
There were six canceled flights in November, some due to fog here in Jamestown, she said. The cancellations were sometimes due to weather statewide or the Devils Lake airport, she said.
Solutions to improving boardings are with addressing what the airport can control, Andersen said. The factors not in the airport's control include the economy, she said.
Protecting the reputation of the airport and the airline is part of the solution, Andersen said. The other is using marketing dollars to promote services and the direct connection to Denver, she said.
The airport authority approved entering into an engineering services agreement with Interstate Engineering for an airline commercial storage building lease. The structure, at least 40 feet by 40 feet, would be leased by SkyWest Airlines for bulk items, baggage carts, de-icing equipment and other items to improve plane preparation efficiencies.
The agreement allows up to $2,500 to investigate the cost-effectiveness of the building proposal.
The airport authority unanimously approved new lighting for the terminal with the $3,580 purchase of 128 LED (light emitting diode) bulbs from Magnum Electric. The current fluorescent bulbs and flood lamps have just over a 2-year expected lifetime, Andersen said.
The LED bulbs have a 5-year guarantee of 100 percent luminosity and which the bulbs could dim to 90 percent, she said. Using 30 percent less energy the LED lighting should significantly reduce the present monthly terminal electric bill of around $705 along with reducing replacement and maintenance, she said.
A section of concrete on the new parking lot surface was broken to replace a section of curbing to replace a broken water pipe and valves, Andersen said. The cost is not yet available and a review is underway for contractor liability during parking lot construction, she said.
In other business the airport authority approved:
• advertising bids and negotiation of leases for crop and hay land parcels on airport property.
• 4 percent salary increases for employees Ben Maulding and Kim Mickelson, along with a $200 holiday bonus contingent on legality.