Denver Concerned With DEN Growth
As Olislagers bemoans his lack of economic incentives in Arapaho County, there is debate in Denver as to whether the state is competitive in developing an aviation industry. However, the concern seems centered on Denver International Airport (DEN) and airline expansion. The study finds that new commercial aircraft and airplane parts that go on commercial aircraft should be exempt from Denver's 3.5% sales and use tax. The study also finds that more study is needed. Airlines that purchase planes for delivery to Denver regularly get socked, as do those paying for maintenance and repairs. Denver-based Frontier Airlines has begun accepting delivery of its new planes in Arizona instead of Denver, which saves them $1.3 million per plane. Though the study states, "Aviation is critical to the economic success of Colorado and the metro Denver region," no mention is made of general aviation. As the study continues, hopefully that omission will be discovered and rectified.