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Concord Regional Airport Extends Agreement with World Fuel Services Network

Monday, July 24, 2017

World Fuel Services announced June 28, that Concord Regional Airport (KJQF), located in Concord, NC has extended their World Fuel Services Network contract by seven years for the FBO’s bulk fuel supply and branded programs. Concord Regional Airport, an Air Elite Diamond Service Location since 2013, has been served by World Fuel Services since 2007.

“We are honored for the opportunity to serve Concord Regional Airport with our bulk fuel and programs for another seven years,” said Steve Drzymalla, World Fuel Services’ Senior Vice President of Business Aviation Bulk Fuel. “We admire Concord Regional’s commitment to the business and general aviation industry in providing diamond-level service to their customers. We appreciate their continued support over the years and look forward to supporting their operation with the tools they need to best serve their customers and continue their success in the industry.”

Owned and operated by the City of Concord, Concord Regional Airport’s 24-hour, full service FBO is located just 15 minutes northeast of Charlotte’s central business district, in the heart of North Carolina’s highest growth corridor. Convenient to several local attractions including the Charlotte Motor speedway, Concord Regional Airport features 25 acres of ramp space, five large hangars, an FAA 139 certification, ATC services, and a 7,400 foot, full-instrument runway. Home of the "NASCAR Air Force,” Concord Regional takes the racing theme seriously and offers quick turns and efficient, friendly service. “Concord Regional Airport is pleased to extend the current contract. This extension underlines WFS’ reputation as a leader in the industry and their strength and reliability in fueling capabilities. World Fuel Services has an experienced team and provides solutions we need to attract more business and conduct operations efficiently and effectively. It also allows our customers and staff access to reliable fuel supply, Safety 1st training, operational systems, marketing support, contract fuel and credit options,” said Susan Green, Airport Director for Concord Regional Airport. “We look forward to working with World Fuel Services for another seven years. We have no doubt that they will ensure the continued success of our airport.” read more ...

Dirk Vanderleest named new Concord Regional Airport Aviation Director

Friday, July 14, 2017

CONCORD – Following a nationwide search, City Manager Brian Hiatt announced that Dirk Vanderleest has been selected as Concord’s new Aviation Director. Vanderleest will oversee operations and development at Concord Regional Airport (FAA: JQF, IATA: USA). He will begin work in early September. “We welcome Dirk to the City’s management team,” said Hiatt. “We believe his experience with over 30 years in airport leadership and business development will be vital to maintaining and growing general aviation and commercial services. Concord Regional Airport is a key economic cog for this region and Dirk's administrative and customer service skills will support its continued success.” Vanderleest's appointment followed a national recruitment effort that attracted candidates locally and across the country. He brings extensive experience in aviation, management, and economic development. He retired in 2014 as the CEO of the Jackson (Mississippi) Municipal Airport Authority, responsible for the daily operations and management of both Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field (HKS). Following his retirement, he has worked for Waggoner Engineering, Inc., focused on business development and strategic planning. Concord Regional Airport has a strong general aviation focus that recently has been enhanced by the availability of low-cost scheduled passenger service to five destinations. Vanderleest will lead the over 40 Aviation Department coworkers who provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, parking, and customer services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site. CRA also has an on-site, staffed fire station operated by the Concord Fire Department and a control tower operated by contracted staff. The annual budget for the airport currently exceeds $9.3 million. "Dirk will be taking over a department with outstanding coworkers," said Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton. "In particular, he will be able to rely on Deputy Director Susan Green who has done a great job as Interim Aviation Director since April." The position is also accountable to the City Manager for the management of the business functions of airport, the negotiation and supervision of all airport contracts authorized by the City, fiscal aspects including the development and recommendation of budgets, grant applications, and related financial reporting, the implementation of capital improvement projects, the management of real estate and lease interests, and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations. "It’s a real honor and privilege to have been chosen as the City of Concord's Aviation Director. I am looking forward to joining the City's staff leadership team and working with the airport's professional staff," said Vanderleest. "Though Concord Regional Airport has already grown successfully in the corporate and general aviation markets, I am excited to partner with others to take it to the next level." CRA is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. Many of these operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the Charlotte region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the airport. Allegiant Airlines also operates commercial flights out of CRA. Concord’s previous Aviation Director, Rick Cloutier, resigned in March to become the assistant director of airports for Horry County, South Carolina. 

Allegiant announces Allegiant Honors

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Allegiant announced Allegiant Honors - a special program to support and thank U.S. active duty and retired military for their service with select free services. Under the Allegiant Honors program U.S. active duty military, retired military veterans, members of the National Guard, military reserve and their dependents are eligible for free services when they fly Allegiant. These include up to three pieces of checked baggage, one carry-on bag, one pet in cabin, courtesy boarding pass printing at the airport and free seat assignments, pending availability. In addition, active duty military may board flights with priority boarding at no charge, and will not be charged a change or cancelation fee due to a change in orders. 

Derita Road Widening Project to Begin in April

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

From Independent Tribune Article 3/14/17

CONCORD- Driving around Concord Mills and Concord Regional Airport will soon be more efficient, thanks to a $19.4 million contract awarded by the Department of Transportation.
The two-phase project will widen Derita Road from two to four lanes, between north of Concord Mills Boulevard and Poplar Tent Road, approximately 2.4 miles.

The first phase will widen the road between Poplar Tent Road and Aviation Boulevard and the second phase will extend the widening to Concord Mills Boulevard. The second phase will also include replacing the existing bridge over Rocky River.

The contract was awarded to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte. Work can start as soon as April 1, with a substantial completion date of Nov. 1, 2019. The remaining vegetation and landscaping operations should be complete by April 29, 2020.


Mouse ears on, ready to fly for Florida-bound passengers at new Concord terminal

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Mickey Mouse ears, inflated toy airplanes and balloons were the standard decorations for the official opening this morning of Concord Regional Airport’s new $12.6 million terminal and parking deck.

All the decorations, festivities and food took some of those arriving for the 9 a.m. Allegiant Air flight to Orlando, Fla., aback as Concord celebrated the first departure from the new terminal.

Two children with Mickey Mouse ears seemed to enjoy the event, though.

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), an ultra-low-cost airline based in Las Vegas, began flights from Concord Regional in December 2013 with twice-weekly service to Orlando, offering a $99 round-trip fare. Allegiant links small cities to key leisure destinations around the country.

Until now, passengers were routed through a metal aircraft hangar that was converted to a passenger terminal.

Now the airline offers 10 flights a week from Concord to four Florida destinations: Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers.

On Nov. 18, Allegiant begins three-times-a-week service to New Orleans from Concord.

Allegiant officials also say the airline may add new flights to existing destinations and perhaps add some new destinations from Concord Regional.

Ken Elkins covers manufacturing, international business and economic development for the Charlotte Business Journal.