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SARAA to review leases with airlines

By , - Last modified: March 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority on Wednesday awarded a nearly $140,000 contract to Leigh Fisher Management Consultants to help Harrisburg International Airport review its leases with the airlines.

SARAA, the operating authority for HIA, is essentially beginning what could be a two-year process to renegotiate its leases with the airlines that fly out of the airport, spokesman Scott Miller said.

San Francisco-based Leigh Fisher will review the existing contracts and suggest changes and improvements without harming the airport’s long-term finances, he said.

“They make sure at the end of the day we’re signing leases that are good for the airport, good for the airlines and good for the investors that own the airport’s bonds,” Miller said.

In other airport news, SARAA also signed off on contracts that move HIA further toward demolishing the old terminal building.

The board awarded a contract to Derry Township-based ARM Group Inc. for $1,590 to sample and identify any equipment that contain carcinogenic PCBs prior to demolition of the terminal. Older equipment such as electrical transformers can contain PCBs. The information from the review will be provided to companies bidding on the demolition.

The board also gave an $800 contract to ARM Group for technical support in the pre-bid meeting with prospective demolition companies.

Philadelphia-based Burns Engineering Inc. was awarded a $196,800 contract to analyze and redesign the checked baggage system at HIA. Money for the project is coming from the U.S. Transportation Security Agency. Burns Engineering worked on the new terminal electrical and engineering design.

SARAA gave a $33,159 contract to Cambria County-based L.R. Kimball and Associates to perform a review of disadvantage business enterprise programs and set goals for coming fiscal years. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the reporting and goals to track how airports and their contractors do business with women- and minority-owned companies.

SARAA also will be receiving more than $500,000 from PennDOT toward improvements at Capital City Airport in Fairview Township, York County. The money comes from agreements dating to when the authority took over the airport in 1998. The money will be used to replace the mortar between bricks, also known as repointing, at two Capital City buildings.


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