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Airport faces tough decisions

Director Yvette Aehle Director Yvette Aehle

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany is struggling to make its required budget cuts.

With fewer flights, revenues are down. Spring storms have added maintenance nightmares--with lightening strikes causing equipment failures.

Director Yvette Aehle says that's why cutting 10%, roughtly $50,000 is so tough.

Plus, she says the idea of becoming more self-sustaining, as mentioned by several commissioners is really not an option right now.

"Self sustaining is very very difficult in the airport environment because obviously you have to have enough nrevenues to cover your expenditures. Right now, our revenues are very shaky," said Airport Director Yvette Aehle. "We have to be able to have enough money that we know that even if we were to have a bad year like this year, we would have enough. We're not quite there yet."

Another possible problem for the airport, the possibility of ASA switching over to Turbo-prop planes.

That would mean fewer people on each flight and less money to the airport for each flight because the planes weigh less than jets.

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