• February 26, 2017

Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport More room to fly

Killeen eyes $8M airport expansion

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  • texpa1 posted at 9:03 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    texpa1 Posts: 18

    Taxpayors, hold on to your wallets. Looks like we are going to be spending more money on the airport. Can you believe some of the comments made in order to try and justfy the need to spend more dollars? What does, "to a large extent, the airport has been the front door to the community for investors" mean? OK, how many businesses are here because of the airport? Name them. I wasn't aware that the call centers were that dependent on the airport. And when trying to justify the spending of $300,000 for advertising, comments such as; "There are people in this community who do not know there is an airport, ...referring to the influx of new soldiers at Fort Hood." First of all a large majority of soldiers come here and leave through this airport. Anyone traveling on post can't help but notice the signs for the airport terminal. Now, I would imagine that there are there some people who do not know where the airport is, but I seriously doubt that we need to spend over a quarter of a million dollars to let them know. It the current advertising were so effective, one would expect business to pick up, but it hasn't and one would think that something more inovative would work better. Why not offer flyers a $50.00 rebate or a parking refund. Right there you could attract 6,000 flyers with that $300,000.
    When one reads commentary that states: " the airport may not have enough traffic to qualify for federal funding", probably means that the taxpayors will again loose money through the EDC faucet.
    And then, comments are made such as: "Benefits of a second runway go beyond shorter waiting times on the tarmac", and "at some time you are going to have an incident that will shut down your airport". Can you believe it? First of all we DO NOT have a delay problem at this airport. Wish they were that busy, but they are not. And to use a scare tactic to justify an other runway is really beyond belief. If that were the case, then EVERY airport should have two runways! Is this good rationale to spend millions of dollars foolishly. Didn't the commentor ever hear of diverting aircraft if and when you have a runway problem? I just wish our city council had the political nerve to really look into these issues and make informed decisions. It would really be nice to have some of these high dollar decisions brought to the voters for a decision rather that letting a few "others" make these important decisions about our tax dollars!

  • jrwkilleen posted at 11:27 am on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    jrwkilleen Posts: 4

    My wife and I are probably two of several people who have opted to drive to Austin instead of using our local airport. We used to use Killeen, however, one airline that connected us in Houston forced us out with their rude behavior and constant delays in delivering baggage...if it even arrived with our aircraft. I emailed the Executive Director of the airport and received no reply. You can add runways and improve the terminal all you want...I will continue to use Austin.