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Source: Dallas Morning News, Francesca D’Annunzio
Mesquite is increasing its storage capacity for aircrafts.
Earlier this week, Mesquite City Council approved $262,760 in engineering costs to design a new box hangar, which Airport Manager Eric Pratt said is basically a garage for aircraft.
Pratt said the new facility will be around 15,000 square feet, 150 feet wide by 100 feet deep and is expected to cost around $1.7 million from start to finish. Construction is expected to be complete by late winter or early spring 2022, Pratt said.
Currently, the Mesquite Metro Airport contains 166 hangars and houses 215 aircrafts. The new hangar will enable the airport to host an additional five medium sized planes.
The new hangar comes after the city announced its plans to expand the airport, which generates tax revenue for the city.
Data shows the airport’s expansion and tax outlook is promising. In 2020, the airport’s taxable value was $25.6 million, Pratt said. In a normal year the airport had 65,000 operations, which are takeoffs or landings. In 2020, the airport saw over 85,000 operations, according to the city. This year, the airport could see much more than that.
“I could foresee us being close — if not over 100,000 operations,” Pratt said.
Even if the airport only sees 90,000 operations, Pratt said that is still a “very busy general aviation airport.” In fact, it’s busy enough that it ranks 164th among 520 U.S. airports with an air traffic control tower, according to the city.
“If you actually equate that to a minute basis, it’s about every five and a half minutes we have an aircraft on the runway,” Pratt said. “And that’s every day, all year long.”