Colorado’s Pitkin County Procurement Office has narrowed the list of FBO operators interested in becoming the sole FBO operator at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport from seven to three. In February, in response to its request, the county announced it had received proposals from six FBO operators looking to take over the facility, along with a proposal from incumbent Atlantic Aviation, whose lease expires later this year.
The successful finalists are Atlantic, Signature Flight Support, and Modern Aviation. While the first two are long-established chains with more than 100 locations each in their networks, Modern—which launched in 2018—has 16 facilities across the country, including a newly-expanded FBO at Denver Centennial Airport.
“The review committee was impressed with all seven proposals received in response to the RFP,” said Chris Davis, the county’s procurement manager. “Following individual scoring and a number of meetings, the committee members identified three proposers to move forward in our review process based on the criteria issued with the RFP.”
Now, the three finalists will move to shortlist interviews next month with the review committee that will include questions formulated with input from the airport advisory board and the community. Based on those results, the committee will make a final recommendation to the board of county commissioners.