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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT RELATED TO PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGES
The Akron-Canton Regional Airport Authority is providing an opportunity for public comment until March 6, 2018 related to our proposed new Impose and Use Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Application #9 for the Akron Canton Airport. This written notice is provided in accordance with requirements contained in Federal Aviation Regulation 49 CFR Part 158.24 Passenger Facility Charge.
The Airport Authority plans to continue the maximum PFC allowable of $4.50 per enplaned passenger. We anticipate collection on this application to begin on December 1, 2018 when the previous application is fully collected. Future PFC projects will likely extend the expiration date. The total revenue to be collected for projects in this application is $25,149,079. The PFC expiration date for this application is estimated to be December 1, 2027.
The Airport Authority recommends continued exclusion of Air Traffic/Commercial Operators (ATCO) filing FAA Form 1800-31, from the collection of PFCs. These nonscheduled/on demand air carriers comprise less than 1% of the total enplanements at CAK. ATCO carriers include Executive Air Charter of Boca Raton, Tulip City Air Service, Inc., and Ultimate Jetcharters LLC. In 2016, this class of carriers enplaned 454 passengers. We request this exemption based on the complexity of record keeping, the cost of implementation of collecting and monitoring the PFC program for small carriers, and again the fact that ATCOs account for such a small percentage of total enplanements.
The three projects in this application are described below.
09-001 Terminal Modification – Gate Replacement
Background: The Airport’s existing “Y” concourse structure was built in 1962 and was designed to accommodate an older fleet of aircraft that are no longer in operation. In 1999, the Airport completed a Terminal Master Plan which provided for a linear gate configuration for future concourse development. In 2006, the Airport undertook Phase I of this configuration which provided for the relocation of four (4) gates to the south of the existing concourse and two (2) gates to the north, and which demolished the south leg of the existing “Y” concourse. In 2015, the Airport completed a Master Plan Update which updated the forecasts and which also reviewed, reconfirmed, and refined the preferred development for the linear concourse development. This PFC project, Phase II of the Terminal Modifications, will complete the work necessary to realize a linear concourse and remove the remaining original 1962 “Y” concourse.
Description: The existing gate configuration provides for eleven (11) gates, not all of which can be utilized simultaneously. This PFC project will demolish five (5) gates (Gates 3-7) in the existing “Y” concourse. Two (2) gates (Gates 10 and 11) at the south end of the existing linear concourse will be eliminated with the addition of the new concourse construction. The new concourse construction will accommodate five (5) new gates. At the completion of this project, the facility will have nine (9) gates which can accommodate larger aircraft and which can be operated simultaneously. The seven gates located on the elevated concourse will accommodate narrow body aircraft. The size of the new elevated concourse and space programming requirements were based on Group III aircraft and utilized FAA and ACRP guidance.
Two gates are located at ground level with Gate 1 serving only regional jets and Gate 2 serving either regional jets or narrow body aircraft. All gates will be equipped with passenger boarding bridges including pre-conditioned air and ground power units.
This PFC project includes the following four elements: a) new concourse construction to the south; b) renovation of portions of the existing concourse; c) acquisition, refurbishment and relocation of passenger boarding bridges; and d) demolition of the “Y” concourse.
a) New Concourse Construction to the South: This element includes the design and construction of approximately 41,603 square feet of concourse addition to the south. This concourse addition will consist of two levels. Level 1 includes service areas, storage, building mechanical functions and shelter-in-place facilities. Level 2 includes public areas such as new gate holdrooms, public restrooms, concession spaces, service animal relief area, electrical spaces and circulation space. The scope of work includes all of the necessary construction trades including foundations, structure, exterior enclosure, roofing, carpentry, electrical, mechanical/plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, interior finishes, etc. This element also includes the purchase and installation of new fixed passenger hold room seating as well as FIDS/MUFIDS.
b) Renovation of Portions of the Existing Concourse: This element includes the design and renovation of portions of the existing concourse and atrium totaling approximately 4,065 square feet. This element specifically includes renovations at the Atrium Lobby and renovations where the new concourse addition will join the existing concourse. The opening left where the existing “Y” concourse joins the linear concourse will be closed and become public circulation and waiting areas (described as the Atrium Lobby). Renovations to repurpose an existing holdroom to construct a Passenger Lounge and Children’s Play Area will be made where the new concourse will tie into the existing concourse.
c) Acquire, Refurbish and Relocate Passenger Boarding Bridges: This element includes the acquisition of one (1) new passenger boarding bridge, the refurbishment of one (1) existing passenger boarding bridge (from the current Gate 7), and the relocation of the remaining seven (7) existing passenger boarding bridges. This element also includes equipping all nine bridges with Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) units and adding Ground Power Units (GPUs) to the three existing bridges which currently do not have GPUs. All bridges will be renumbered to match the new linear gate configuration.
d) Demolition of the “Y” Concourse: This final element of PFC project #09-001 includes the demolition and removal of the existing “Y” concourse totaling approximately 17,405 SF. This demolition will include the identification and removal of any hazardous materials, capping of utilities and services, removal of paving, roofing, foundations, structure, HVAC and electrical equipment, all interior finishes and old seating.
Justification: This project is necessary to provide sufficient concourse capacity for the current and forecasted passengers utilizing CAK. The existing “Y” concourse suffers from a number of operational and functional problems due to the age of the facility and the current demands of the aviation industry. The structure does not meet current building codes and fire/life safety codes. Operational problems include deficiencies with the roof, HVAC systems, lighting and access controls. Functional problems include a significant lack of space for passenger holdrooms and circulation as well as undersized restrooms and concession facilities. Through the planning process, it was determined that rehabilitation of the existing “Y” Concourse would not be cost effective, would not be sufficient to address many of the operational deficiencies within in the concourse and in the aircraft operations area, and would not provide for future expansion without significant impact to the airfield. Gate replacement in the linear concourse configuration was determined to be the preferred alternative to address the needs of the Airport.
New fixed passenger seating is required for the larger holdroom areas. The existing seating is a combination of four different manufacturers, provides for only 20% of the seating required due to space limitations, and is in various states of disrepair. The new passenger seating acquired will be in addition to the existing seating, which will be reused to the maximum extent possible.
The new, refurbished and relocated passenger boarding bridges are necessary for the safe and efficient enplaning and deplaning of passengers at all nine gates, particularly during inclement weather. The bridge being refurbished (a Jetway bridge purchased in 1998) is suffering from reliability issues and does not properly align with certain aircraft.
The demolition of the existing “Y” concourse is necessary to allow for the unobstructed movement of aircraft to and from the completed linear concourse.
This project is anticipated to start in September 2018 and be completed in March 2021.
The total capital cost of this project is estimated to be $26,965,679. The funding sources are anticipated to be as follows:
Total PFCs requested for this project total $24,145,535.
09-002 Terminal Apron Construction
This project includes the design and construction of terminal apron paving in support of PFC Project 09-001 – Terminal Modification – Gate Replacement described above. This project includes two elements: a) the construction of new terminal apron pavement to provide aircraft parking positions to the new concourse construction to the south; and b) the construction of terminal apron pavement in the area of the demolished “Y” concourse.
a) Terminal apron pavement for the new concourse construction: The apron pavement for the new concourse construction to the south is approximately 22,900 square yards of portland cement concrete pavement. The pavement will be 15” PCC with 6” base course to meet the design standards for Group III aircraft. A reduced section of 10” PCC is provided in front of the aircraft parking positions and tug areas to meet ground support equipment loading.
b): Terminal apron pavement for the demolished “Y” concourse: The apron pavement necessary to replace the footprint voided by the demolition of the “Y” concourse is approximately 7,500 square yards with the same design specifications.
The project includes necessary site preparation, demolition, utilities, drainage, erosion control and pavement markings.
This project is necessary to provide sufficient aircraft parking apron capacity to accommodate the commercial service aircraft operating at CAK and parking positions for the concourse addition to the south. The expanded apron area will be capable of handling the larger aircraft fleet now operating at CAK. The new linear concourse configuration and new aircraft parking positions provided by the apron paving will eliminate the Part 77 Transitional Surface problems with the tail height of aircraft parked at Gates 5, 6, and 7 of the existing “Y” concourse, as well as eliminating the impacts to Taxiway E during push back operations.
This project is anticipated to start in September 2018 and be completed in March 2021.
The total capital cost of this project is estimated to be $9,285,442. The FAA provided funding under AIP #62 in the amount of $596,344. Additional AIP funds are anticipated in the amount of $7,760,554. PFCs are requested to provide the local matches of $928,544.
09-003 PFC Administration Costs
PFC-eligible general formation costs included in this PFC project are the necessary expenditures to prepare the new PFC application. Also included are eligible ongoing administrative costs, amendments and closeout for this PFC application. Development associated with the approved projects in this application will preserve capacity at the Airport. The total cost of this project is $75,000. PFCs are anticipated to provide 100% funding for this project. This project started in June 2017 and will be complete in December 2027.
Comments or a request for more detailed project descriptions should be sent to Mr. Rick McQueen, President/CEO, Akron Canton Airport, 5400 Lauby Road NW #9, North Canton, OH 44720-1598.
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