Nashua Airport activity on the increase after 5 slow years
“We have seen the first increase in aircraft operations since 2008,” said Airport Director Stephen Bourque, who has held the position for about a year. “For the first time in five years, we haven’t seen a decline.”
On the heels of a drastic decline in aircraft operations since Daniel Webster College closed its flight school, there are now improvements at the airport, according to its director.
He acknowledges that this is still much less than what was taking place at the airport’s peak in 2005, which was about 126,873 aircraft operations a year. That eventually declined to about 101,671 operations in 2008 and about 65,965 operations in 2011.
Bourque is now focusing on the improved numbers taking place in the past few months.
The current rules and guidelines now in place for airport users have not been updated in about 14 years, said Bourque. A new set of rules and regulations were drafted and introduced to the airport community for review earlier this year.
Davidson, whose last day on board was July 31, is currently working in Alaska with the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he serves as air operations branch director. Sandra Adams has been nominated to fill his vacant seat, and Dennis Stephens is serving as the board’s interim chairman until a new chairman is selected in January.
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