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33 AIRPORT MANAGEMENT OF GROUND SERVICES TABLE 21 FORMER AGSA COMMITTEE AIRPORTS In April 2006, the Aviation Ground Services Association AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS (AGSA) was formally launched through the AAAE. The Airport City/State Castle Airport Atwater, CA group's focus was to support airports that were developing Chattanooga Metro Airport Authority Chattanooga, TN and managing ground handling services. In an interview with Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Airport Business Magazine, Bruce E. Carter, AGSA Commit- Columbus Regional Airport Columbus, OH Authority tee Chair stated that "For airports, the primary focus is on main- Bolton Field Airport taining and attracting air service. As airports are being pushed Fort Wayne International Airport Fort Wayne, IN to find new ways of operating and generating revenue-- Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd. Rockland, MA GulfportBiloxi International Airport Gulfport, MS led by the carriers' emphasis on cost reduction--some are HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Atlanta, GA looking at getting into the into-plane refueling and/or other International Airport airline services" (Infanger 2006). Lexington Blue Grass Airport Lexington, KY Metropolitan Nashville Airport Nashville, TN Authority Approximately 50 airports and service companies com- Nashville International AirportBNA prised the AGSA organization from 2006 through 2008. In Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 2008, the group disbanded for a variety of reasons, although Quad City International Airport Moline, IL Sedalia Memorial Airport Sedalia, MO multiple airports continue to provide ground services. For SITA Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies example, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority over- Springfield/Branson National Airport Springfield, MO sees the operations of the Port Columbus, Rickenbacker, and Trillion Aviation Austin, TX Bolton Field airports. One of the airport services is manage- Source: AAAE--http://www.aaae.org/about_aaae/aaae_committees/agsa. ment of ground services. The airport's primary goal in taking over the ground services was to maintain support for their existing carriers, especially for fueling, cargo handling, and Airport Authority, most airports that take on ground support ground handling. The prior service provider was unable to services engage in the activities to support carrier activities continue providing services owing to financial constraints and to maintain continuity in services. A list of former AGSA and the airport took over the services. According to Charlie committee representative airports and service organizations Goodwin, Director, Airport Operations Columbus Regional is provided for reference in Table 21.