The Maury County Airport Board initiated a business plan and economic impact study for the Maury County Airport in 2005. The purpose of the plan was to examine potential development and optimal operations that may provide increased benefits to aviation users and the Airport Sponsors. The study focused on the following key issues:

  • FBO financial stability
  • The use of the Airport by air cargo carriers
  • The need for hangar development
  • Economic development actions needed to support several nearby industrial parks

In 2004, air freight going to the Saturn plant through the Maury County Airport was reduced dramatically. This reduction was the result of greater use of other nearby airports for Saturn’s business. The Airport determined that actions needed to be taken to try to reverse this trend. As the most convenient local airport with the longest runway (6,000 feet), Maury County was the logical location for most of the air freight operations for GM. Also, as a jet-capable airport, the corporate aviation in nearby Nashville would be a logical target of local marketing efforts.

The business plan was used by the Airport Authority to chart a path forward and restore financial performance at the Airport.