City council on Sept. 26 approved a new contract for American Aviation Inc. to lease 75 percent of the hanger at Page Municipal Airport.
The company, which had been leasing 50 percent of the space, sought 100 percent, but the city needs room to store equipment.
The additional space helped bump up the lease price from $88,000 per year to about $120,000, said City Manager Rick Olson.
The company has leased space in the terminal and hangar for the past 10 years.
The airport advisory board considered proposals from both America Aviation and Great Lakes Airlines, before recommending that city council accept American’s bid.
Olson said the decision was made easier because Great Lakes wanted the space for private use, while American Aviation provides services to the general public.
The new lease grants tenancy for five years with the possibility of two separate five-year extensions.
Bob Logan of American Aviation said the company is looking at expanding its maintenance operations for locally based and transient aircraft.
It also has plans to develop a flight school, he added.
Logan said that in the current financial climate, it was important for the agreement to include the option for multiple extensions.
“When it comes to financing, banks get nervous if it is less than 15 years.
“Now that we are pretty sure we are going to be here for awhile, we can look at doing more in the way of marketing and other areas.
“American Aviation wants to be here in Page and the future looks good. Over the next few years we will be making some major improvements,” added Logan.
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