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The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 via video conference for a regularly scheduled work session.
City council will be updated by City staff members, and will offer guidance to City administration, regarding the possibility of reestablishing passenger air service at Las Cruces International Airport. The City’s Economic Development Department is working with Airplanners, LLC, Air Service Development and Consulting, to conduct a commercial air service study to determine the feasibility of restoring passenger air service.
There have been no scheduled passenger flights at Las Cruces International Airport since Westward Airways ceased operations on July 25, 2005. Historically, 11 airlines provided commercial passenger air service at Las Cruces International from the late 1940s to 2005.
The study is in support of the City Council Strategic Action Plan and Economic Development Department’s Strategic Business Plan goals to have daily, regional commercial flights. This assessment is one phase of a multi-part analysis to grow the economic vibrancy at the airport and the West Mesa Industrial Park.
Monday’s presentation to City Council is to provide information about the work completed to this point on the evaluation to reestablish passenger air service and in consideration of the current situation given COVID19. Additionally, pending final stakeholder meetings, guidance and direction for next steps is needed.
City council review of a landscape master plan at the airport will be another topic of discussion during Monday’s work session. The Economic Development Department staff, through its Airport Development program, with the support and engagement of tenants at Las Cruces International Airport, are working with landscape architects at Sites Southwest to develop a master plan.
The purpose of the plan is to guide investment in beautification, providing a unifying theme to the airfield, that will also serve to expand into the industrial park, adjacent to the airport. The plan will include a plant and color palette for the entry corridor on Crawford Boulevard, parking and terminal areas, and future landscape build out. Appropriate signs to announce arrival at the airport, while incorporating a new airport logo and color scheme, is also part of the scope of work.
Additionally, Monday’s work session will include an update to the council on Rio Grande Flood Plain Management. A presentation from the City’s Public Works Department, and Andale Construction, Inc., will also provide details about a High Density Mineral Bond Pavement Maintenance Surface Treatment to be utilized on City roadways.