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Long-Term Air Transportation Study Regional Workshops Help Define Statewide Aviation Needs

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation invites the public to attend two regional workshops that will present preliminary findings of the Long-Term Air Transportation Study (LATS) Phase II, and obtain feedback on our statewide airport system needs. The workshops will be held:

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
South View Lounge
The Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA)
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
10:30 a.m. – noon
Golden Delicious Room
Wenatchee Convention Center (Wenatchee, WA)
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Required by the state Legislature, LATS is a three phase study that will result in a long-term plan to help guide decision-makers in future investment decisions related to Washington’s diverse airport system. Phase I wrapped up in July 2006, and Phase II is currently underway. Upon completion of the Phase II in July 2007, an Aviation Planning Council will be appointed by the Governor to develop recommendations and investment priorities that will meet Washington’s long term aviation needs.

“This is the first comprehensive study in over 20 years to help Washington’s airport system determine what we have, what we need, and how we will meet the need. In conducting this airport assessment, we must consider the aviation needs of diverse communities, who rely on aviation in very different ways,” said Aviation Director John Sibold.

He added, “LATS will create a long term strategic plan for meeting Washington’s critical aviation investment needs by integrating objective, technical analysis with the input of various users who rely on Washington’s airport system.”

The LATS regional workshops will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about the study through a review of Phase I data, an overview of the Phase II forecast findings and a discussion about state system needs.

To ensure a place at one of WSDOT’s upcoming LATS regional workshops, please contact Nisha Marvel at marveln@wsdot.wa.gov. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated as refreshments will be served.

More information about LATS is available at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/LATS.htm.