City airport gets fuel service


The City of Madisonville now has fuel service at the Municipal Airport, a step in an ongoing process to improve service and the economy.

City Manager Camilla Viator said it was not offered at all previously, but now, allowing planes to pull up and refuel, and pay using a credit card, will be a boost to the city.

This is in addition to the recent grant awarded to the city, which will allow for the resurfacing of the runway and extending the apron.

A larger apron will allow for more tiedowns, and more planes, she said. There also are plans for more hangars that the one currently at the airport.

"A fueling station will bring in more planes and more businesses to be located at the airport," she said. "Airplanes are an economic tool. We now have a skydiving business and two people giving flying lessons. There is a mechanic interested in locating out here now."

Viator said there's a waiting list for hangar space, which would not be if there was no fuel available.

Last year, the Economic Development Corporation donated a terminal building, all part of the plan.

"The overall plan is to lengthen and strengthen the runway, which will attract different types of planes," Viator said. "We may even have a parallel taxiway."

To help celebrate the improvements, the city plans to host an open house on March 21.