Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Rhode Island Airport Corporation president and CEO Kelly Fredericks. They discuss the runway expansion timetable, environmental issues and regulations relating to the runway, and what the airport needs to do to compete with Boston Logan.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.
An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.
Amtrak is spending the summer replacing old railroad ties along the Northeast Corridor. This replacement work is coming to the MBTA’s line in Rhode Island, and starting Friday it will affect six lines delivering passengers to Wickford Junction. This includes trains that will stop at Wickford, but not at TF Green airport, or trains that will end at the airport and not continue on to Wickford.
The disruptions will only be on Fridays starting this week and will end on Friday August 9th.
A civil engineer and private pilot will be the next president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. Kelly Fredericks is currently overseeing expansion at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Fredericks has held leadership positions at airports in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie Pennsylvania. He’s currently with a consulting group managing the construction of a new terminal down at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Air Canada will no longer be flying out of TF Green Airport. The carrier will suspend all service between Providence and Toronto this March. Rhode Island Airport Corporation interim President and CEO Peter Fraizer says it was the only scheduled international flight leaving the airport. But he doesn’t think it's suspension will be a blow to the airport’s image.
“You can get on any airline here and get to anywhere in the world," says Fraizer. "Whether we have a direct non-stop flight to Canada is a blow to TF Green’s image? I would beg to differ.”