Office of the County Manager
August 3, 2022
Colfax County has recently published a Request for Proposal, (RFP) for the county owned and operated airport at Angel Fire. This action is being taken to address the continued annual deficit faced by the airport. Colfax County acquired the airport in 1983. The airport has not generated a positive cash flow, or been profitable, in almost 40 years of operation. It is time to try something different.
In airport operation efforts, Colfax County has worked in partnership with the FAA and NMDOT Aviation Division, to secure grants to maintain airport operations, at the cost of millions of dollars. The grants that have been secured have reporting and expenditure requirements attached to them that, unfortunately, have not been met. Some of these grants are nearing their expiration dates, and require an immediate response.
Infrastructure and safety concerns addressed in the April 24, 2022 inspection report have brought additional urgent needs to light. The current County Manager is increasing grant requests to provide for total replacement of runway lighting and other public safety/infrastructure requirements.
We believe through a business partnership model we could achieve improved, more efficient operations. The RFP invites partners to respond to our request to operate the airport. Initiating active marketing concepts would be anticipated to generate business for the Angel Fire/Eagle Nest communities. It is our belief that this could grow the airport and be very positive for economic development in the area.
For clarity and transparency, the airport financial report and latest inspection report are attached.Airport History Revenue and Expenditures