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A part of what makes New Mexico the “Land of Enchantment” is its setting of richly diverse, small communities, many of which are miles from large metropolitan areas. With Albuquerque the only metropolitan area supporting a population of over 250,000, small communities must be more self-sustaining economic centers than they might need to be in more populated states. These communities were first linked by trails, then by rail, with roads and highways also developing. In the past 75 years , however, NM picture air transportation has grown as an important regional, national, and international economic link for the state. The aviation component of New Mexico’s transportation infrastructure provides its citizens and businesses access to critical services, such as air ambulance services, firefighting, agricultural spraying, law enforcement, military training, business travel, air cargo services, pilot training, and tourism.
In order to maintain and enhance the state’s aviation transportation infrastructure, an update to the New Mexico Airport System Plan (NMASP) is being undertaken to evaluate the performance and the needs of the State’s airport system, determine funding for needed airport improvements, and provide information for governmental and other entities concerning the value, use, and economic benefit of the New Mexico system of airports. The NMASP also serves as a working blueprint of the long range orderly direction for airport development in the State, as well as a bridge between the State goals and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). This study is being funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division (NMDOT) and the FAA.