Skip to comments.Cotulla gets an Eagle Ford airport expansion
Posted on 11/14/2013 8:45:16 AM PST by thackney
The city of Cotulla broke ground Wednesday on its airport expansion a project driven by drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale oil field.
The Cotulla-LaSalle County Airport is adding a 6,005-foot runway with a parallel taxiway and more parking. The project should be finished by May.
There are also plans for a new privately-funded jet hangar and a new airport terminal building. It already has a 5,005-foot runway.
La Salle County and its county seat, Cotulla, have seen some of the most intense development in the Eagle Ford region. In addition to oil and gas wells, and new hotels and restaurants, the Gardendale railroad has seen enormous expansion and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. built a $100 million plant to process natural gas from its Eagle Ford wells.
But the area also has long been considered a prime hunting ground, and much of its fall- and wintertime airport traffic has come from hunters. Its part of the so-called Golden Triangle of South Texas, where trophy deer are found in abundance.
The hunting draw once comprised a majority of seasonal traffic to the airport; but the oil and gas industry has definitely upped the jet traffic to the airport, airport manager E.T. Page said in a press release. Were a great hub for these businesses because were centrally located in the heart of all of the operations.
I drive through Gardendale going to and from the airport in Midland when I head out the Hobbs-Monahans.... but the “Gardendale railroad” referenced here must be something altogether different... checking the maps for Cotulla...
It is owned by the City of Cotulla and La Salle County.
But I don’t think small local governments typically run airports at a loss while planning for expansions.
If they use bonds they do
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply they didn't borrow money.
But unless you are in Detroit, they typically would only make such an expansions if the user fees would pay for it, eventually.
Granted a taxing authority can make economic justification by also including increased revenue on associated business. And sometimes they screw up those estimates.
But this has been a Democrat leaning county with a small population in the past (just checked). They could have a very stupid government and decisions, so I may have erred giving them the benefit of the doubt.
I see air travel as a private industry, I do not think governments should do a lot of things they do.
For their county at this time, it might make economic sense, but there is also an airport on an uninhabited island in Alaska.... lol