“I am so thrilled to hear this news,” said District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala. “The Marco Airport is a priority due to its critical need for a taxiway. With its heavy volume of private air traffic – especially during peak season – and the absence of a taxiway, it has been a major safety issue. It’s just an accident waiting to happen. I am just ecstatic about this federal funding.”
The Marco Island Executive Airport currently has a busy 5,000-foot runway that serves business and tourist jet aircraft traveling to South Naples and Marco Island. Because the airport lacks a taxiway, aircraft have to land and taxi back down the runway while other aircraft are waiting to land and take off. The Marco Airport is the only 5,000-foot runway in Florida that accommodates jet traffic without a taxiway.
“The environmental permitting and mitigation process has taken nearly 10 years to complete and pending funding, the Collier County Airport Authority has completed all work necessary to construct this taxiway. This project has been a priority of the general aviation community for many years,” said County Manager Leo Ochs. “I am pleased to see that we are moving this project forward.”
The current estimate to construct the taxiway is $6 million. Mitigation, and acquisition, design and permitting are fully funded, with the Federal Aviation Administration contributing $2.8 million, $1.4 million from the Florida Department of Transportation and $200,000 from the county.
For more information, contact Director of Corporate Communications and Governmental Affairs John Torre at 252-8011.