Study Findings


The project Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) completed a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) exercise in August 2016 to help determine an overall strategic vision for the Airport and identify specific goals and objectives that should be addressed in the Master Plan. Key findings of the SWOT exercise included:


  • Room for growth
  • Proximity to regional destinations


  • Lack of services near the Airport
  • Reliability of scheduled flights


  • Growing local populations
  • Collaborative partners


  • Ground transportation options to surrounding communities
  • Limited commercial destinations and frequency

Read the full list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats identified by the PAC

Aviation Forecasts

Project staff have developed forecasts that project future activity at the Airport over the next 20 years. The forecasts include activity type, timing, and allocation of Airport infrastructure, equipment, and service needs. Additional informaiton on the projected aviation forecasts is noted in the table below.

Forecast ComponentBaseline from 2015Projections for 2035Average Annual Percent changePredicted trend
Airline passengers totalAirline passenger icon 121,500 183,200 2.1% Predicted moderate growth of passengers due to population and economic growth
Air cargo/mailAircraft operations icon 40,164 48,200 0.9% Moderate increase, resulting from population and economic growth
Annual aircraft operationsAircraft operations icon 1,154,000 2,019,000 2.8% Mostly steady with increasing commercial and business general avaiation
Pangborn-based aircraftOld airplane icon 96 123 1.2% Decline in piston aircraft; increase in business-class aircraft

Click here for more informaiton about the aviation forecasts.