Campbell County Airport wins Front Door Award

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By Charlotte Underwood

In the world of aviation, quality and community commitment play important roles in the continued existence and success of airports.

The Campbell County Airport has received its 10th Front Door Award in recognition of its efforts to maintain an airport that reflects both community pride and commitment to quality.  

“Winning this award for 10 years in a row let’s us know what an outstanding airport we have and it let’s us know our airport manager is on his toes. Bert is always looking out for grant money to improve the airport,” said Campbell County Mayor William Baird.

Criteria for winning the award include the general appearance of the airfield, buildings and grounds, as well as the availability and quality of information about the airport and surrounding community. Professionalism and an overall impression of community pride and commitment to quality are also taken into account, among other things.

The Campbell County Airport has shown this commitment with its recent $1.3 million improvement project completed this past November.  The county provided 10-percent of the cost for upgrades.  The project included the repaving of the runway, as well as the building of eight private hangars to accommodate aircrafts.

“We are fortunate to have the support of county officials who understand the real importance of the airport to the county and provide the continued funding for airport improvements.  It’s a direct reflection of the county’s commitment to improving the area,” said Campbell County Airport Manager Bert Loupe.

“The average Campbell Countian may not realize how important the airport is, but it is a big asset for economic development here in the county,” said Baird.  

Not only is the airport a big boost for tourism, it is also another avenue to attract business industry into the area, according to Baird.

“It allows businessmen and women to have quick access to other venues-they can live within the