Governor Richardson Calls Air Transportation System Critical To
The State's Development
The NBAA welcomed a proclamation Friday from New Mexico
governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) designating September as "Aviation
and Aerospace Appreciation Month." The proclamation follows
similar, recent declarations highlighting the importance of all
aviation, including business aviation, in Alaska, Arkansas,
Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio,
Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The New Mexico governor's proclamation points specifically to
the ability of the state's publicly owned airports, as well as its
general aviation aircraft and pilots to "support a variety of
functions vital to New Mexico, including mobility for
business…" among other benefits. "New Mexico's governor
understands the importance of business aviation in New Mexico,"
said NBAA President Ed Bolen. "With vast distances between
communities, general aviation is often the only practical way for
businesses to quickly access the destinations they need to
Gov. Bill Ricardson (D-NM)
Although New Mexico's land area of more than 121,000 square
miles makes it the fifth-largest state in the U.S., only
Albuquerque has regularly scheduled major airline service. As the
governor's proclamation points out, the state's remaining airports
are critical for quick transportation for not only for business,
but also for other purposes, including emergency medical services,
disaster relief coordination, and search-and-rescue services.
In a recent economic study done for the New Mexico Department of
Transportation, nearly one-third of respondents said they depend on
customers or suppliers who use the state's community airports.