Land Use Approved for FedEx Air Cargo Facility in Idaho
The Twin Falls, Idaho, City Council on March 7 approved use of airport land for a FedEx air cargo facility and also gave the go-ahead for a major remodeling of the Magic Valley Regional Airport terminal.
FedEx has expressed interest in developing a nearly 18,000-square-foot facility for its air express division for high priority parcels. Local aviation businesses, however, are concerned about the project’s potential to encroach on their future expansion.
While council members said they did not wish to hinder existing businesses, staff assured that this step in the process would not do so.
The motion to approve the land use passed 6-1.
“I’m a firm believer that a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush,” Councilman Greg Lanting said. “We don’t know what the future will hold for those other businesses.”
Mark Doerr, owner of Precision Aviation, said he hadn’t joined the conversation until December. His business of 15 years has a hangar about 115 yards from the proposed FedEx hangar, he said.
Doerr said a proposed future taxiway extension, which would allow FedEx to have larger aircraft coming to and from the facility, would use property he had hoped to have for expansion, possibly in the next couple of years.
FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.
“That means we have zero ability to grow our business at this point,” Doerr said.
Airport Manager Bill Carberry said the land use agreement would not preclude any future expansion of existing businesses. The taxiway and ramp locations are conceptual at this point, he said.
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|By Heather Kennison|
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