Second fuel service at airport?

Second fuel service at airport?

Questions raised if there’s enough business to support two operations

Brenda Wade Schmidt
bschmidt@argusleader.com

A Sioux Falls businessman wants to provide a second company to fuel and service aircraft at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

Bruce Goodwin, who worked at Business Aviation for almost 14 years as director of fuel and line service, wants to start a new company called Maverick Air Center on the west side of the airport. He presented his ideas for the multimillion-dollar business to the Sioux Falls Airport Authority Board on Thursday.

There is room for competition and a second fixed-base operation, he said, citing examples of many other similar-sized cities and smaller airports that have two providers.
“I have a proven track record,” he said. He has been servicing aircrafts a good part of his life. “It’s what I love to do.”

Landmark Aviation owns what was once Business Aviation and supplies fuel to airlines and general aviation planes along with other services. General manager Jack Browning said the company is reinvesting in its business and the corporation is growing.
There isn’t enough business to support two fixed-base operations, he said.

As part of his presentation, Goodwin said he has financial backing from The McGowan Group and asked whether the airport authority would consider paying for a building for his company to lease. The airport representatives and Goodwin will meet further to talk about specifics before deciding whether the authority should be involved.

Airport authority Chairman Tom Lien said the board is interested in Goodwin’s proposal and wants to put something on the west side of the property. But there are questions about backing a building.
“We like your plan,” he said. “We believe there is good in competition.”

Dan Letellier, executive director of the airport, said he thinks there is room for competition. Sioux Falls fuel prices are higher than other area airports and the airport is losing business to places such as Yankton, which has much lower prices, he said.
“It’s much higher than it ever used to be,” he said of fuel costs.

Reach Brenda Wade Schmidt at 331-2321

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