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3:15 AM Tue, Dec. 11th

Editorial: Airport is moving into the big time

Airports from time to time have opportunities to grow as the community has been growing. This includes offering more and better services.

The Prescott City Council got a look this week at a new ground lease agreement that would have a private business, Legend Aviation, develop new aircraft storage hangars as well as passenger and pilot services such as rental car service, catering, aircraft cleaning, and aviation-related sales.

In the council discussion, Councilman Bob Bell said, "We'll look back at this time and say, 'This is the time the airport finally grew up.'"

The Prescott Airport currently has a waiting list for use of its city-owned hangars, the airport manager said, and while the hangars that Legend plans to build would not accommodate all of the waiting customers, airport manager Ben Vardiman said, "The private/public partnership would help."

Aside from the need to build a new airport terminal, which depends greatly on the number of people the airport and its carrier serve - something that most people are hoping Mesa Airline's return next month will boost - this ground lease agreement is another way for the city and the airport to improve the services they provide to the community.