Airline industry changes impact studied | Graduate College Fair slated
Elizabeth Smart speaks to students about her abduction during her Nov. 5 visit to BGSU. Smart, who was abducted as a teen and held captive for nine months, recounted how she survived and forged a new life. As the inaugural speaker for the University Libraries' new Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories series, she also gave a talk and book signing that evening.
Working on the airport study are (left to right) Dr. Michael Carroll, Dr. Russell Mills, and Will Burns.
BGSU team studies impact of airline industry changes on airports, communities
Like many smaller and non-hub airports across the country, Toledo Express Airport has been seriously and negatively affected by the dramatic changes the airline industry has undergone over the last decade.
When airports are sidelined, not only are passengers inconvenienced, whole communities feel the economic impact as jobs and ancillary services are lost and companies reconsider their decisions to locate or remain in the area.
BGSU has been selected as a partner in a project designed to study the effects of airline industry changes on these smaller and non-hub airports and their communities and develop strategies for attracting or retaining air service. BGSU is working on a team led by GRA Inc., an air transportation-industry economic and policy consulting firm, and with Strategic Partners and Associates, which works in air service development.
Dr. Russell Mills, a political science faculty member specializing in public administration, is leading BGSU's portion of the project, which is funded by a $300,000, 18-month grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-funded Airport Cooperative Research Program. Before joining the University, Mills was a policy analyst with the FAA.
Also on the BGSU team are Dr. Michael Carroll, director of the Center for Regional Development, and Will Burns, assistant director of the center. The center has worked on airport issues before, notably in a runway project at the NASA Plumbrook site in Sandusky, Ohio.