Airport manager: Government shutdown is having 'no impacts' at COU

3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:22:00 PM CST January 23, 2019 in News
By: Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The partial government shutdown is having "no impacts" on operations at the Columbia Regional Airport, the airport's manager said Wednesday.

Mike Parks told the city's Airport Advisory Board he did not have exact numbers on the number of TSA agents who might have called out sick but said he's seen "no impacts whatsoever."

He added: "I see the same people everyday working out there as normal."

In an interview after the meeting, Parks said TSA at the airport has "operated as normal."

"Screening procedures have continued," he said. 

On Monday, The Associated Press reported the percentage of TSA workers missing work nationally was 10 percent.

Wednesday's board meeting was the first since an American Airlines plane slid off the runway. There was no mention of the incident at the meeting.

B.J. Hunter, the board's chair, said it sounded like the airport handled the incident professionally.

"Your first thought is 'Oh my gosh! What happened? But then you find out it was, it was more of a taxiing accident. It wasn't like the plane was careening off the runway," he said. "So it kind of turned into a non-issue."

Parks said the airport continues to make safety a priority. 

"We continue doing snow removal operations," he said. "We have a snow and ice control plan and things like that."

The airport does not have equipment capable of removing a disabled aircraft and it does not have any plans of purchasing one, Parks said. 

A spokesman for the airline that operated the flight, Mesa Airlines, said the airline retained a company to remove the aircraft the day after it slid off the runway Jan. 11.

Parks said the airplane sliding off is a "very minor incident." 

Also at Wednesday's meeting, Parks released data showing the number of times someone boarded an aircraft increased more than 38 percent from 2017 to 2018. There were 88,059 passengers in 2017 and 121,691 in 2018.

The number of people flying into Columbia increased more than 39 percent. There were 87,801 passengers in 2017 and 122,193 in 2018.

Hunter said the numbers show the airport is "doing the right things."

"We've got flights going [to] the right destinations," he said. "And the airlines see it as well. They continue to add flights and or bring bigger planes. Either way, it adds seats, which gives us more capacity to carry more people."

In addition, Parks said the airport plans to add about 200 new parking spots, which should be be available sometime after April 1.

More News

Grid
List
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:25:00 AM CST February 16, 2019 in News
SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — The Jasper County prosecutor on Thursday charged a 23-year-old English teacher at Sarcoxie High School with... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 9:56:18 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Battle High School's Girls Wrestling team will make history by competing in the first high school girls state... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:56:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The first snow system has come to an end and two more are on the way in less... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 8:25:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Despite the treacherous conditions, some people have no choice but to drive in weather like Friday's. "My... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 6:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 21 dogs and 21 cats from a property in western Missouri Friday.... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 5:42:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri Friday, causing multiple accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 4:03:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A traffic stop for following too close led to troopers seizing oxycodone, THC wax, shatter, a product... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ameren Missouri said several thousand jobs will be created as part of an effort to upgrade its... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – The cold weather doesn't just affect road conditions, but fuel economy as well. According to the U.S Department... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:48:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 2:33 p.m. President... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:43:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON (AP) — The parents of two suburban Kansas City victims of a Lake of the Ozarks boat crash have... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 1:14:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Agencies across mid-Missouri are responding to snowfall. Updates appear here in reverse chronological order, with the newest... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 12:20:00 PM CST February 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorneys for Sen. Josh Hawley asked a Cole County judge to quash a subpoena in connection with... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 11:32:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
MEXICO, Mo. — The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a fire at 1:19 a.m. Friday at the Hardee’s on... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019 7:02:00 AM CST February 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Approaching winter weather may have an impact on the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships. The championships... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:07:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown. However,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:51:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The head of a physicians group says the sale of St. Mary's Hospital to MU Health Care... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:43:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 20°
12pm 28°
1pm 31°
2pm 32°
3pm 33°