Fixed Base Operator Request For Proposals

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The City of Williston owns and operates the Williston International Airport (“ISN”) as a department of the City. For many years the airport was served by Great Lakes Airlines with prop service to Denver. With the development of the Bakken Shale formation, demand for increased commercial service caused Delta and United to introduce 50 seat regional jets to the market. Since that time, regional jet service has continued and Great Lakes has exited the market operating turboprop aircraft. ISN has a limited runway length and strength, obstructions, and land constraints that have limited the City’s ability to expand commercial air service beyond the 50 seat jet and to provide additional capacity for increased general aviation activity. In order to respond to the increased market need for expanded commercial service and general aviation capacity, the City made a decision to pursue development of a new airport complex located approximately 7 miles north of the current location that will provide runway and development options to meet the expected need for decades to come. The new airport will be the Williston Basin International Airport (“XWA”) and is scheduled to be completed and operational in October 2019.

The City intends to award and enter into a land lease and development agreement with the recommended operator(s) no later than the end of August 2018. A sample contract is attached. Proposers need to review the document and outline any exceptions to the terms and conditions that the proposer would like to have considered in their RFP response. The exceptions must be included in the response and will be considered in the evaluation process with the less critical suggestions being ranked higher. Any contractual terms not noted in the RFP response will be considered non-negotiable in the negotiation of the final contract for execution.

June 29, 2018                                               RFP available for distribution

July 19, 2018 2:00PM CDT                          Mandatory Pre-Bid (meet at ISN conference room)

July 26, 2018 4:00PM CDT                          Submission of all requests for clarification and questions electronically.

July 31, 2018 4:00PM CDT                          Responses will be distributed electronically

August 14, 2018 1:00PM CDT                     Proposals Due

August 28, 2018                                           Recommendation submitted to Commission for award