The installation of perimeter fencing and gates at the Altus City Airport was done to improve the security of the airport, as well as to strengthen FAA requirements. The Altus City Airport project closed out 10 days ahead of schedule and came out under budget. This reduced the final contract amount between the City of Altus and Quality Fence Company by $7,700.37. The improvements will also help fund future projects.
Every year the FAA gives the airport $150,000. That is 90/10 money, which means that the FAA gives 90% and 10% provided by the City. Airport Manager Daniel Adams said, “Every other year the airport skips a year on spending, we bank that money to help finance larger projects.”
Improvement projects for the airport have been the installation of new lights around the taxi and runway, a new road entrance, and ramp. These investments cost millions and would be very hard to complete without the FAA money.
Adams said that a misconception of the City Airport is that “it is only a rich man’s playground”. “That is totally false,” he added. Adams described the airport as a window to Southwest Oklahoma, offering businesses the opportunity to fly into Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas. He said that a wide entity of people use the airport, which makes it a huge economic development tool. He said that many state officials, including Governor Mary Fallin, and Senator Jim Inhofe, fly into the Altus Airport.
The Airport offers an air refueling service that is used often by the National Guard and Marine Corp. Weekend traffic from the Altus Air Force Base is also received. Adams also added that a lot of people aren’t aware that Altus has an airport. “Amenities offered include line services, management, pilot training, ground transportation, service/repair, refreshments, courtesy car/van, and rental cars,” said Adams.
Updated facilities help make the stay at the Altus Airport with very comfortable and hassle-free with a pilot’s lounge, conference room, flight planning, computerized weather, snooze rooms, and tie downs. The airport has a total of 40 hangers for airplane storage. It was also stated that nearby Red River Aviation is a huge asset for repairs on planes.
Future airport projects include a crack/ceiling project, repairing the runwa,y and installing a rotating beacon tower.
The Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport (AXS) is located three miles north of the City of Altus. It has three staff members, one airport manager and two attendants. Hours of operation are seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and after hours on call services are available. They can be reached by phone at 580-482-8833.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077