City council to look for new operation manager for the Ottumwa Regional Airport

Ottumwa will be looking for a new firm to manage the regional airport next year.
Ottumwa will be looking for a new firm to manage the regional airport next year.(source: KYOU)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) The city of Ottumwa will be looking for a new fixed-based operator for the Ottumwa Regional Aiport. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, council members voted to approve the City Administrator to proceed with issuing requests for proposals or RFP’s related to the services at the airport.

Council documents say the lease agreement and service contract with Archangel Services, LLC who is currently providing the FBO services at the airport will expire on February 28, 2021. The company has indicated they did not desire to exercise an option to extend the agreement under the same terms.

Now the search begins to find a new operator to take over starting in March of next year.

According to City Administrator Philip Rath, the Ottumwa Regional Airport serves as a regional airport with enhanced services.

The airport provides a variety of services for pilots and is an economic development benefit to the community.

He says large and small employers utilize the airport to fly in personnel from around the state and country.

Additionally, there is a tax increment district surrounding the airport.

The airport receives funding from state and federal grants for major projects, such as runways and the terminal. This helps offset major costs to the airport.

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