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Airport hires new director

Jeremy Valgardson, manager of the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah, has been hired as the director of San Angelo Regional Airport. His first day in the post will be Jan. 16.

Valgardson has managed the Cedar City Regional Airport since February 2015, overseeing a 1,500-acre airfield and a 17,500-square-foot terminal that records 16,000 enplanements annually. During his tenure, he has increased airport revenues 35 percent in support of a $4.4 million annual budget. In addition to securing more than $40 million in state and federal grants for improvements, Valgardson coordinated an airport master plan. An effort to update San Angelo Regional Airport’s master plan recently began.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and for my family,” Valgardson said. “I’m impressed with the aggression with which San Angelo has sought a second carrier, the improvements it has made to the terminal and the airfield, and the plans for making San Angelo Regional Airport an even more important economic driver. I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that embraces the value an airport generates, not only as a transportation hub, but also as a job creator.”

The City’s airport director manages the staff, operations and commercial leases at San Angelo Regional Airport. The director is also responsible for business development, management of federal grants, oversight of the airfield’s infrastructure, and compliance with state and federal regulations. The airport’s annual budget is $1.55 million.

San Angelo Regional Airport-Mathis Field serves more than 66,000 passengers annually via five American Eagle flights daily on regional jets to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. City leadership continues to pursue a second carrier offering service to another commercial hub.

At the same time, San Angelo’s economic development officials are working to position San Angelo Regional Airport as a place for industrial ventures to grow their businesses and create jobs. Among the operations currently at Mathis Field are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FedEx, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Precision Aircraft, Ranger Aviation, Skyline Aviation and West Texas Weather Modification.

Valgardson earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation science from Utah Valley University and a master’s degree in aviation management from Arizona State University. He is a professional pilot and a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He has worked in operations, management, maintenance and ramp activities in airports in Arizona and Utah. Cedar City Regional Airport houses a federal wildfire fighting operation, a flight school, and daily commercial air service through Delta (SkyWest) Airlines.

Deputy Director Mitch Sprunger had served as the interim airport director since July.

San Angelo Regional Airport

San Angelo Regional Airport - Mathis Field is the only commercial airport serving the Concho Valley. 

For information about airfares or airline scheduling, call American Eagle at 800-433-7300. 

The airport is owned by the City of San Angelo and is classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial primary, non-hub airport. 

The airport is certified by the FAA for Part 139 operations. The FAA contract tower is staffed from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and logs more than 85,000 operations per year. More than 150 aircraft are based at Mathis Field.

In addition to the tower, the airport offers three intersecting runways and a full range of instrument approach options. The runways are open for operations 24 hours per day and service commercial, private and military aviation.

Parking

Mathis Field parking is fast, convenient and free. San Angelo Regional Airport has ample short- and long-term parking. Local taxis run continuously from in front of the terminal. 

All parking is set in a beautiful, West Texas landscape. The parking is well-lighted, and monitored and patrolled by airport and City police. Disabled parking is available immediately adjacent to the terminal.

Hours

The terminal opens daily at 3:30 a.m. and remains open until 30 minutes after the last arriving flight of the day. Airline ticket counters open at least 1 1/2 hours before the time of the first scheduled departures. Contact your airline to confirm ticket counter opening and departure times. Local taxis can be found in the taxi queue in front of the terminal. The airport administrative office is located within the terminal building. Airport officials assist with such issues as business opportunities, building availability, airport fees, airport regulations, tenant services and other airport and facility management issues.

Traveling with disabilities

If you or someone you know has a disability, the following information may be useful in making a trip through the airport an easy one:

Parking for disabled passengers is located next to the terminal at the east end of the short term lot.

Wheelchair service is available from curb to aircraft by calling ahead to your airline service provider.

Escorts are available for those needing assistance getting through the airport (for example, persons with visual or mobility impairments). Escorts may be requested from airline representatives at the airport.

The security screening process checks wheelchair users and other travelers with special equipment such as hand-held metal detectors. This screening is performed on the side of the security checkpoint to provide enough room for wider, special equipment.

Pedestrian walkways are designed with contrasting floor surfaces to assist travelers with visual impairments.

Aircraft are accessible through passenger jet bridges when required.

Seating on aircraft can accommodate special needs. To access this service, inform your airline when booking tickets. Passengers with disabilities are afforded travel accommodations by the airlines under the Air Carriers Access Act

General info

Name: San Angelo Regional Airport - Mathis Field; named for Jack Mathis, a San Angelo native who became the first aviator of WWII awarded the Medal of Honor. 

Location
: Southwest of San Angelo on Texas Highway 584, Knickerbocker Road, eight miles from downtown.

Finances: The airport is owned by the City of San Angelo and generates about $1.5 million annually from rental property and other activities on the aerodrome.

Runways:Three crossing runways, 18/36, 3/21, and 9/27 are 8,049 feet, 5,939 feet and 4,402 feet, respectively.

John Schwab Terminal: Named for the legendary airport manager who oversaw the airport until his retirement in 1996. There are three passenger gates in 20,000 square feet of terminal space.

Parking and transportation: 352 public parking places and taxi services.

ARFF: Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services provided by the City of San Angelo.

Employment: 10 employees on airport staff. More than 250 employees at the airport, including airlines, FAA, U.S. government, FBO's, car rentals and concessions.

Airport statistics: More than 66,000 passengers annually, four commercial passenger flights per day and almost 85,000 air operations annually.

Population: More than 100,000 people in the San Angelo metropolitan area.

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