A Rising Tide for Ohio's Airports!

August 5, 2019


The Ohio Aviation Association is pleased that the latest operating budget for the State provided a modest increase for the airports in Ohio!  Ohio’s eligible airports (those that are in the NPIAS and a select number of State-approved airports) will see just over $6.4 Million appropriated in the Airport Improvement line item each year of this biennium.  That is $500,000 more, annually, than the previous budget!

Thanks to all OAA members for your assistance (written testimony, in-person testimony, participating in our Legislative Day, etc.)  in boosting Ohio’s offerings to companies and communities, both large and small, through a safe and efficient air transportation system.

Speed is everything in today’s tech-driven business world. But this prioritization of speed over face time grossly underestimates the power of human interaction and the importance of face-to-face communication. If business were simply to accomplish as many tasks as possible then an email-world would probably do just fine. But that’s not what real leadership is about; that is not what Ohio should be about.  Airports, both large and small, are a vital part of connecting Ohio’s business leaders with the world.  

We look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly and the Administration to elevate all airports in Ohio. In the next few months we will continue to help push for the following:

1)      Assist in telling the capital-needs story of our airports during the Capital Budget process;

2)      Work to move the derelict aircraft legislation through the General Assembly;

3)      Work to get the Ohio State System Plan updated; and,

4)      Support other issues towards improving technology, efficiency, and economic development around the State.

Your membership in OAA, your support of the OAA Political Action Committee, your voice in your hometown, and your stories, are what helped make the budget changes a success. We look forward to working with our members in the next several months! 



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