Company Will Pursue Other Legal Avenues In FBO Fight
Even though the FAA
dismissed western Colorado flight service JetAway's Part 16
complaint against Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado, JetAway
CEO Stephen Stuhmer said his company is "pleased" with the result.
The comments came in an e-mail to the Montrose Daily Press.
“We are pleased the FAA has issued its findings because it
opens the door to discovery in the federal antitrust case...”
Stuhmer wrote in an e-mail received late Thursday. “The FAA
decision made clear the issues that will now be decided in the
The FAA said Montrose County had not violated the conditions of
it's federal grants when it granted rival Black Canyon Jet Center
the right to be the sole FBO with rights to sell fuel at Montrose
Regional. The ruling came after an intense bidding war, and JetAway
was told it could still call its self an FBO, but could not sell
fuel. It's land lease was terminated, and JetAway's airport access
had been suspended indefinitely after negotiations broke down over
its application and fees.
The paper reports JetAway will continue with the anti-trust suit
it had filed over the case. The company alleges that Montrose
County showed unfair restraint on competition and civil rights
violations. The case had been suspended pending the outcome
of the Part 16 investigation.