In 1949, Mobile's Municipal Airport was built where the Mobile Regional Airport is today. It might have been a great idea at the time.
Now, not so much.
Urban sprawl and congestion has made the airport a difficult destination, especially for travelers in Baldwin County who can choose to fly from Pensacola. And many of them do.
In fact, according to the Mobile Airport Authority, Mobile Regional loses about 55% of its passenger business to Pensacola, Biloxi-Gulfport, and New Orleans. That is why the Authority now has a plan to move it all back downtown to the Brookley Aeroplex.
"This is the culmination of 18 months of a lot of hard work from a lot of people," says Chris Curry, president of the Mobile Airport Authority. The authority is inviting you to take part in a public webinar next Tuesday on the master plan to move passenger service downtown.
"Some of what's in the master plan has been demonstrated by Frontier's usage of the airport,” says Curry. “It also takes into consideration our major stakeholders, Airbus and ST Aerospace, and their future plans for expansion as well."
Curry says those stakeholders, along with other big names like Walmart and shipbuilder Austal USA, are being consulted, as well as those who live nearby.
"We also assembled a citizen's advisory committee,” says Curry, “which was residents that lived around the airport, some further away, and some in Baldwin County. And so we collected all of those ideas for consideration into the plan."
A proposed design of a new passenger terminal at Brookley is also to be revealed during the Tuesday webinar. It's your chance to see it and have your say in what will be a key component to Mobile's future.
The webinar will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
If you want to register to be part of it and learn more about the plan, click here.