Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport Shines at the 37th Annual Texas Aviation Conference
Brazoria County - Texas Department of Transportation officials selected Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport as the 2019 General Aviation Airport of the Year. This Award recognizes an airport that has distinguished itself through its outstanding facilities and operations and that has become essential to the regional transportation system. The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport provides outstanding customer service, community support and outstanding facilities for its tenants. ”Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport is a thriving county airport and is a valuable resource to our local economy”, says Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.
Over the years, the airport has undergone improvements, such as the reconstruction of a runway, a new terminal building, the installation of wildlife fencing, the renovation of aprons and ramps, and the building of fixed-based operator hangars. “These improvements are part of the updated Master Plan to keep Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport a viable and valuable economic resource”, says Airport Manager, Jeff Bilyeu.
In 2016 and 2017, Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport was affected by major flood events. With both of these historic flood events, the airport had to close to all but helicopter traffic, due to lack of access to the airport for more than a week. Airport staff relied on local officials to ferry personnel via airboat and special vehicles, to assess damage to the airport. Airport management and staff worked tirelessly to keep tenants apprised of the airport’s status during each of these flood events. Continuous updates, photos and video were posted daily so tenants could receive updates and important information on the airport’s condition and status.
The award was presented at the 37th Annual Texas Aviation Conference in April. Nancy Wollam, District Director for Speaker Dennis Bonnen, was present at the awards banquet and read a congratulatory letter from Speaker Bonnen. Ms. Wollam also announced the airport would be receiving a Resolution from the Texas House of Representatives recognizing the airport’s accomplishments.