As airport sets new records, St. George Regional seeks public input on improvements – St George News
St. George Regional Airport, St. George, Utah, May 24, 2019 | File photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – St. George Regional Airport is developing its first-ever master plan and has begun soliciting public input on how to develop the property to meet future needs.
âCreating a master plan is so important for the airport so that our growth is focused and organized over the next 20 to 30 years,â said airport manager Rich Stehmeier in a press release. “Without this plan, the FAA would not be funding our future plans which may include adding food service, more direct flight destinations and terminal expansion.”
A online survey was created by soliciting public input. The survey takes approximately three minutes to complete and includes questions such as the reasons for the theft, frequency of the flights, preferred and least preferred aspects of the terminal, and why or why not people choose to depart from St. George Regional. Airport officials say they are eager to receive feedback.
“We urge the public to take this opportunity to have an influence on how we adapt to the growth of the airport and its surroundings,” said Stehmeier.
In May 2021, the airport broke its single-month usage record with 35,095 passengers, breaking the previous record of March 2019, which had recorded 30,899. The airport is also set to eclipse its annual passenger record, 277,520 – set in 2018.
âI think there is a lot of pent-up demand as people are eager to travel again,â Stehmeier said. “In addition, the growth the airport is experiencing correlates directly with the growth of the city.”
St. George Regional Airport has gradually become a popular aviation hub in the Southwestern United States, with regular direct flights to Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
âWe have persevered through many challenges over the past few years, from the temporary airport closure in 2019 to the devastation caused by COVID-19 last year,â Stehmeier added. âThrough it all, we were firmly convinced that we were going to bounce back and regain the popularity we were built on. “
The survey is available at www.flysgu.com and is expected to remain open until the end of summer.