For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 02-01
February 7, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today recognized eight airports in FAA’s five-state Southwest Region in three categories. The recognition came on day-two of FAA’s regional airports partnership conference at the DFW Harvey Hotel in Irving, Texas.

"We recognize airport owners and operators who have worked in a spirit of cooperation with the FAA and the entire aviation community," Naomi L. Saunders, FAA regional airports division manager told participants. Saunders noted that this cooperation is vital "to accomplish our common objectives of planning and building the most safe and efficient system of airports in the nation."

Year 2000 Outstanding Airport Awards went to: Alva Regional Airport, Alva, and Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, Okla; Hot Springs Memorial Field, Hot Springs, Ark.; Valley International Airport, Harlingen, Texas; Roswell Industrial Air Center, Roswell, N.M., and Chennault International Airport, Lake Charles, La. An airport owner in each of the five Southwest Region states is recognized for overall diligence in the planning and implementation of projects, airport maintenance, use of airport improvement program resources, and compliance with safety standards.

The FAA region’s Airport Safety Award for 2000 went to the Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma City. The award recognizes an airport owner in the Southwest Region who has maintained an outstanding record of safe operations, compliance with safety standards, and implementation of safety initiatives.

The regional Environmental Achievement Award went to the City of Houston, Department of Aviation. The award recognizes environmental stewardship among airport owners and operators by acknowledging one Southwest Region airport each year which has gone above and beyond the requirements of today's environmental regulations.