As Brunswick Executive Airport reaches its five-year anniversary, officials at the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) say the business and general aviation airport located at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick has exceeded expectations with the promise of significantly more growth in the future.
Since opening on April 2, 2011, about a month before the Navy closed the installation located on the coast of Maine, the airport has grown to average nearly 14,000 operations annually and attracted seven firms involved in either aviation or aerospace.
“To have this many aviation businesses here in just a few short years just shows you what a desirable airport this is,” MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said in a press release.
“You simply won’t find another facility like it on the East Coast with available hangars, modern state-of-the-art facilities, and unencumbered air space. We’re truly fortunate to have such a property right in one of the busiest parts of Maine,” Levesque said.
Much of the credit for the airport’s growth goes to the $20 million in funding for capital improvements MRRA has secured. That investment primarily has come as a result of Brunswick Landing’s participation in the FAA’s Military Airport Program. Projects have included a new instrument landing system for all-weather operations; a new terminal, fixed-base operator and airport offices; updates to airport lighting; hangar repairs; and installation of airport security gates.
With more work to do, MRRA is taking an aggressive approach in marketing the airport and seeking aircraft manufacturers; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses; and aerospace education and research and development entities.
“We continue to look for opportunities to market the airport,” Levesque said. “Our goal now is to land some more businesses that will create quality jobs and make this airport Maine’s top destination for aerospace companies. We feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of the airport’s potential,” he said.