Becky Shealy, the vice president of business development for Augusta Aviation, said between 500 and 600 aircraft will land at the airport between Monday and Sunday of Masters Week.
“We on an average day see from 10 to 20 aircrafts,” she said. “Masters Week we anticipate seeing 80 to 100 planes on the field.”
The aircraft, privately owned by corporations or individuals, must reserve an incoming landing slot
for all flights beginning Monday.
Air traffic controllers begin operating the Daniel Field tower Wednesday, Shealy said.
Typically, Wednesday is the busiest traffic day at Daniel Field, followed by Friday. However, Shealy expects lower traffic Friday and Sunday this year because they fall on Easter weekend.
Many travelers using Daniel Field land in Augusta during the morning and take off the same night. Though most planes don’t park overnight, Daniel Field is prepared to hold overflow from
Augusta Regional Airport, where the private plane terminal is under construction and affecting some parking areas.
Last year, Daniel Field was in the midst of construction that forced it to operate from a triplewide trailer with portable restrooms during Masters Week.
A renovated terminal opened March 6. Pilots and crew members will be treated to catered lunches in the new terminal.
“Everything’s fresh and new,” Shealy said. “We’re just excited to be one of the major gateways of the city.”