Block Island Times

RIAC holds public meeting on 10-year aviation plan for BID

A 10-year general aviation strategic business plan study is being conducted by Rhode Island Airport Corporation to determine the needs of the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island – Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly – and to define the future direction of the airports. The discussion on the strategic business plan for the Block Island State Airport (BID) was held at a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to update community members and stakeholders of general aviation airports, and for RIAC to receive input from the audience on the strategic plan.
From a press release from RIAC dated Dec. 22 discussing the 10-year strategic business plan:
“Since 2019 RIAC has been gathering community, stakeholder and public input into a strategic business plan for general aviation airports throughout the state intended to identify airport and community needs, as well as the feasibility and desirability of on-airport amenities, and other potential development.”
The key elements of the strategic plan include: “Development of a ten-year plan to assess the condition of the airport infrastructure. This plan will summarize and prioritize necessary improvements at each airport; Development of a ten-year plan to assess the condition of airfields,

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