SARAA awards several contracts for work at midstate airports
Several midstate companies were awarded contracts this week by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority.
The SARAA board awarded contracts for site preparation for a new snow removal equipment storage building, rehabilitation of taxiway A and development of an elevation easement map for properties near Capital City Airport.
SARAA will be working with Buchart Horn of York to develop a site map depicting the elevation of easements at the site owned by CAA Associates Inc., near Capital City Airport, according to a news release. The new site map should help SARAA communicate the information to Fairview Township, as well as potential developers, in an easy-to-understand format.
Also, SARAA reported that demolition continues of the old terminal site at Harrisburg International Airport. The above-ground portion of the building has been removed and crews are working on removing sections that are below grade.
To date, 2,855 tons of concrete have been recycled and 1,294 tons of scrap metal have been recycled, equaling 82 percent of the waste stream being recycled, the release said.
In other news, SARAA reported that May air traffic declined 2.5 percent year over year because of reduced United Airlines' flights.
“While United has added additional nonstop flights to Chicago, they have discontinued service to Cleveland and Newark from HIA,” SARAA Board Chairman Fred Sembach said in the release. “This resulted in a 22 percent decrease in passengers on United in May 2014.”
HIA had posted two straight months of passenger traffic growth as it tried to make up for what it called weather-related declines in January and February.
Traffic was down 3.6 percent for the year through February before rebounding. At the end of April, traffic was down less than 1 percent year over year. HIA did not include year-to-date traffic numbers in its latest news release.
The board reported that HIA's load factor, or percentage of seats filled, continues to increase. May 2014’s departing load factor was 86 percent, which is a new high for the airport.