Sobczak says Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority runs airports well

Toledo City Council President Mark Sobczak shied away yesterday from the city taking over operations of Toledo Express Airport and Metcalf Field - one of four options proposed by the director of both airports.

"I think the city is probably not best suited to run the airports," Mr. Sobczak said. "The port authority has been doing a good job."

Eric Frankl, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority's director of airports, told council it must make a decision on the airports' long-term governance and ownership within six months.

At issue is whether the port authority should continue to lease Toledo Express and Metcalf from the city, as it has done since 1973; take over the airports altogether; allow them to revert to city operation, or create an entirely separate airport authority to own and manage them.

The port authority's airport leases from the city of Toledo expire in February, 2029. That is significant, Mr. Frankl said, because the Federal Aviation Administration can't provide grants to an airport unless it is committed to operations for at least 20 years.

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