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Fort Collins – Loveland Airport Completes $2.8 Million Pavement Rehabilitation Project
The Fort Collins – Loveland Airport (FNL), has recently completed a $2.8 million Federal, State and locally funded apron pavement rehabilitation project. The goal of the project was to rehabilitate 60% of the existing aircraft apron, which is used for a variety of activities including private and corporate transient aircraft parking, long term outdoor aircraft storage, refueling and aircraft servicing, accommodation of diverted commercial aircraft, medical flight transfers, disaster recovery efforts, air carrier operations, or even the occasional Presidential visit. FNL is a public use airport that is owned and operated by the Cities of Fort Collins and Loveland in Northern Colorado.
The apron rehabilitation project focused on areas of the apron that had last been paved over 35 years ago, and was a high priority for repair. Funding for the project came through multiple sources including a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $1.5 million, a grant from the State of Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics of $1 million, and $193,000 in airport capital project funds. The funding sources used for this project were generated through a variety of airport related usage fees collected from aviation activities.
The improvements were designed not only to repair the aging infrastructure, but to enhance airport safety and improve the ability to accommodate the heavier commercial and corporate aircraft that are now frequenting the facility. Safety enhancements were made to aircraft parking areas and taxi lanes and which now provide aircraft with more clearance when transitioning through the apron area. The project has also improved the airport’s capabilities for the safe accommodation of heavier aircraft through the installation of reinforced pavements. FNL has seen an increase in usage from larger corporate aircraft and from airlines that divert from Denver International Airport during inclement weather conditions. Commercial air carriers will fly into neighboring airports such as FNL for a temporary refueling stop in order to safely allow weather related hazards to clear that can temporarily disrupt traffic flow in Denver. In the past the airport used steel plates to park aircraft to keep tires from sinking into the relatively thin asphalt pavement surfaces. Steel plates although functional are difficult to use, and can be a safety hazard to ground personnel.
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Finds Silver Lining in Allegiants Departure
Officials at Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) were understandably befuddled when Allegiant Airlines pulled out of the Northern Colorado airport last October after a decade of service there.
Inbound and outbound aircraft were often nearly full, and FNL had recently rehabilitated its primary runway and expanded its terminal to accommodate increased passenger traffic. ReporterHerald.com, the online arm of Loveland’s daily newspaper, chronicled the association between the airport and discount carrier, including news that after Allegiant’s first full year of service between FNL and Phoenix, FNL ranked in the top 10% of the fastest-growing U.S. airports.
Comparing Ft. Collins-Loveland (FNL) and Colorado Springs (COS)
The Ft. Collins - Loveland Airport (FNL) recently prepared some demographic metrics between themselves and Colorado Springs Airport. The airport analyzed a 30 mile radius around each. Both cities share a similar experience in their proximity to a large hub airport. The results are available in the file below.