The City of Carlsbad, owner and operator of Cavern City Air Terminal, has initiated the preparation of an update to the Airport’s Master Plan in order to assess its existing and future role while also providing direction and guidance for future development.

The Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and then plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need for the facilities.  This is done to ensure that Cavern City Air Terminal can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities.

The City of Carlsbad has contracted with Molzen Corbin (Cavern City Air Terminal’s current engineer), in association with Coffman Associates, Inc. (airport consulting firm specializing in airport planning), to conduct the Master Plan.

The Cavern City Air Terminal Master Plan will be prepared in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and New Mexico Department of Transportation – Aviation Division (NMDOT) guidelines and industry-accepted practices, including Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans and Advisory Circular 150/5300-13A, Airport Design.  The study process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete which includes time for agency reviews and FAA approvals of both the Master Plan forecasts and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawings.

Cavern City Air Terminal serves as a vital economic asset for the City of Carlsbad and the surrounding region.  As such, it should be carefully and thoughtfully planned and subsequently developed in a manner which matches the development goals of the area.  With a sound and realistic Master Plan, the Airport can maintain its important link to the national air transportation system for the community and maintain the existing public and private investments in its facilities.