Nearly two years after Albany's new airport terminal opened experts with Holt Consulting Company say it's time for Southwest Georgia Regional Airport to boost their marketing of the new facility.
"To position themselves to be more successful on economic development pursuits,” said Ken Holt, Holt Consulting Company Co-owner.
Holt suggests creating a partnership with the regional and state EDC's.
"Get to know these people and understand their strategies, and then once you understand their strategies develop a strategy that is in sync with theirs for this airport,” said Holt.
The airport is the second busiest cargo hub in the state. Holt says there is land available that could be used to increase the cargo business.
"Air cargo is a potential type of industry that may be interested in this airport,” said Holt.
Commission Chairman Bill Mayher says the UPS air cargo is vital to the airport.
"UPS brings a fair amount of revenue now and we are glad to have them,” said Bill Mayher, Aviation Commission Chairman.
Recently, the city put Transit Director David Hamilton in charge of the bus system and the airport. Mayher believes Hamilton is qualified but says the airport needs a certified airport manager.
"It garners a little more respect from the agencies that he deals with to be certified and for that reason I think it is very important,” said Mayher.
Hamilton says he is working on becoming certified and is doing the best he can for the airport.
"It's the city manager's decision on the personnel who will be over the airport and right now that person is me,” said Hamilton. “As long as I'm in that position I will do the best I can for the airport and for transit."
New city manager Sharon Subadan met with the aviation commission tonight. She said she doesn't plan to consider hiring a separate full-time airport director.