At the 60th anniversary of the pivotal naval battle that saved it from Japanese occupation, Midway Island is again fighting for its life–at least its economic life as a viable destination airport (MDY). According to Midway Phoenix, the company that operated the airport under contract from 1996 until last May 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now keeping the field open only for its own support.
Midway Phoenix of Cartersville, Ga., operates Midway Island Airport (MDY), some 1,200 mi northwest of Honolulu. Early last month Midway Phoenix informed its 150 employees that it would cease passenger operations to the island’s ecotourist resort and cancel its contract with Aloha Airlines, following a departing flight on March 2.
David Price, chairman and CEO of American Airports (AAC, which hasoperated the Supermarine FBO at Santa Monica Airport in California for several years), addressed his purchase of theformer Rifton Aviation FBO at StewartInternationalAirport, 50 miles north of Manhattan. Price said, “Supermarine looks forward to expanding its FBO brand and fulfilling its mission of providing world-class customer service.