Block Island Times

RIAC to host public meeting on business plan for B.I. Airport

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation is inviting community members and other stakeholders of the Block Island State Airport to receive an update on RIAC’s strategic business planning process and seek additional community input.
RIAC operates and maintains the state’s General Aviation Airports (Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly) for the benefit of the state and local communities, as well as stakeholders.
The Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 at 6 p.m. The link will be provided at www.pvdairport. com.
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 will 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, roadways and parking area pavements. This plan will summarize and prioritize necessary pavement repairs and reconstructions at each airport.
•Development of an updated airspace analysis plan. This plan will identify current obstructions present within the airspace surrounding the airports and runways.
•Preparation of a ten year business plan which will evaluate the current financial health of each airport, define economic development opportunities and provide potential paths forward to establish self-sustaining operations.