Fayetteland Airport is set to undergo a transfer to an American company that has the expertise to handle the airport’s future.
A deal between the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the state of North Carolina has been in the works for several years.
It’s set to become official in January and the FAA has said it expects to start accepting passengers by mid-2018.FAA Administrator Mark Rosekind told The Associated Press that he expects the airline to be ready for its first flights by the end of the year.
Fayetteville is scheduled to begin accepting passenger planes this spring, but the transition to NorthAmerican Aviation is still being negotiated.
North American said it has the technology to handle large and complex air transport operations, but its pilot training and other aspects of the transition will take time.
The FAA said that the transfer is being planned for North American because the company has experience in handling regional airports and has a large presence in the region.
North American Aviation is already operating a number of smaller regional airports in the Southeast and Southwest, and the company also operates airports in New York, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
The transition from North American to FAA has been fraught with delays.
The agency has said that it has a backlog of about 2 million miles of flight paperwork that it must fill before it can transfer a commercial airline to a new operator.
The FAA said it would be ready to move the airport in 2019 if the paperwork was not already completed.