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Stockton Metro Aiport: big changes!
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Stockton Metro Aiport: big changes!

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SMA) Director Harry Mavrogenes outlined recent accomplishments and projected improvements at the facility to the San Joaquin Partnership Board of Directors this morning during its regular monthly meeting in Stockton.

Mavrogenes said there are four critical growth areas for the SMA:

1.Grow and promote existing air passenger service

2.Bring a domestic airline that will link Stockton with a major hub airport

3.Promote the creation of international service

4.Develop air cargo as a viable business

The airport, which receives a $1.4 million grant from the FAA in 2014 along with other discretionary grants, made major infrastructure improvements in 2014, including the construction of a $4 million terminal ramp and $ 1 million in runway/taxiway lighting improvements. In addition, the terminal underwent major improvements with the removal of the carpet and the terrazzo tile underneath refurbished by Surtec Systems, Inc., a San Joaquin Partnership investor. Mavrogenes, pictured above, says the goals for 2015 include pursuing additional air passenger and cargo service development, developing domestic carrier service to a major hub airport as well as funding for the construction of a Federal Inspection Station (FIS). He says the FIS is critical to the start-up of international service. "We're going to take baby steps with this," explained Mavrogenes. "We will re-purpose an existing area for an interim inspection station before finalizing plans for a permanent one." San Joaquin County Supervisor Chuck Winn, a member of the Partnership Board of Directors, complimented Mavrogenes on his commitment to improving the airport, saying it's a key component to a realm of future economic opportunities for San Joaquin County.

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