In response to Mr. Van Buren's comments, TAC Air is a tenant of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and pays rent plus a percentage of income to the airport. In addition, any improvements made to the facilities leased by TAC Air are paid for in full by TAC Air and are turned over to the airport at the end of the lease. TAC Air has made multiple attempts over the past few years to make more improvements at the airport using private investment - not taxpayers' dollars - to better serve our customers. Yet, the airport has denied TAC Air from building a self-serve fuel pump and additional hangar space. Instead, the airport has utilized tax payers' money to build facilities and subsidize the operation of them from the airport's operations budget. In addition, the airport's new FBO does not meet the airport's own minimum standards, so the airport authority is now in the process of re-writing the standards to the level the airport and Wilson Air are capable of delivering.
The bottom line is, TAC Air (a private company) is being forced to compete with a government owned and subsidized operation.