By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced its intent to launch a two-year process for updating the Grand Canyon Airport master plan.
The plan, to be developed by airport consulting firm Coffman Associates, will set short-, medium- and long-term development goals for the next 20 years and will include evaluations of the airport’s capabilities and role, forecast future demand and identify appropriate facility improvements.
Located in Tusayan, seven miles from the South Rim, Grand Canyon Airport is the only state-owned airport in Arizona. It opened in its current form in 1965, with the terminal being completed in 1967.
The airport has one 9,000 x 150-foot runway and is home to 30 helicopters, four single- and four multi-engine airplanes. Three helicopter and three fixed-wing aircraft services conduct tour operations from the facility.
ADOT has several improvement plans already in the works for the next 10 years, including drainage projects, a new holding ramp and a new terminal building.
The updated master plan is expected to take two years to complete. When finished, it will guide future development with specific objectives to include maintaining and ensuring safety and security, planning for phased and incremental development to meet projected demand, and evaluating sustainability and environmental requirements.
The two-year timeline includes agency reviews and FAA approval of master plan forecasts and layout plan drawings. Part of the process includes a set of open houses and public meetings to solicit comments from airport stakeholders and the public at large. Interested parties may also use the “Comments” tab on the ADOT website.