Increased Fuel Sales, Improved Technology, Stakeholder Engagement
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is a governmental agency of the State of Rhode Island that manages all publicly owned airports within the state.
Since 2011, on behalf of RIAC, AvPORTS has managed 5 general aviation airports owned by the State of Rhode Island, which are: Quonset State Airport (OQU), North Central State Airport (SFZ), Newport State Airport (UUU), Westerly State Airport (WST) and Block Island State Airport (BID). We are the single-source provider for RIAC for airport operations, airport maintenance, administration and accounting services, ARFF coordination and FBO services with a total of 47 employees.
RIAC further tasked AvPORTS to develop a vision and plan for these five airports that would improve their overall financial performance and increase their overall value to RIAC and the communities they serve.
The RIAC system has shown many positive signs of growth in recent years. AvPORTS intends to expand and build upon these successes and accomplishments moving forward. Efforts have begun to engage airport stakeholders and the surrounding communities, encouraging participation in local airport planning groups, to help chart our course moving forward into 2017 and beyond.
Combined fuel sales have realized an 18% increase over the past five years, with aircraft operations remaining relatively steady, t-hangars and bulk hangars at capacity, and airline enplanements at record highs. Total annual gross profit under AvPORTS management increased $566,580 between 2013 and 2015, a 22% increase. Another nine percent (9%) increase is projected for the close of fiscal year 2016, along with fuel sales exceeding one million gallons for the first time ever.
Various technology improvements made over the past two years bring the GA system to a new level of safety, security and efficiency. Some of these improvements include a greatly improved employee training program, complete with safety and reporting procedures. The recent launch of the RI General Aviation websites FlyRIAirports.com and ProvidenceJetCenter.com provides new marketing opportunities and raises these five airports to a new level of professionalization and active public engagement. IT personnel are also nearing the completion of the installation phase of access control and camera systems. This project will help us to hold safety and security at these airports to a higher standard. The information technology (IT) server infrastructure was also updated in 2014 allowing the airports to communicate and share information in ways not previously possible.