The Mena Airport Commission met Friday in special session at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain in the Board Room. During the meeting, the commissioners approved the 2020 operating budget. According to Fred Ogden, Mena Airport Manager, the airport is expected to take in approximately $200,000 while expenses are expected to be in the neighborhood of $156,000. Revenue is expected to be generated by lease payments and various aviation fuel taxes plus fund matching grants from the Federal Aviation Administration as well as the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics. According to a recent Arkansas Department of Aeronautics economic survey, the aircraft repair and maintenance businesses based at the Mena airport generate income of almost $30 million dollars with a “second round” impact of $18 million. The survey estimates that over 700 jobs, both direct and indirect, are created and that the payroll generated is nearly $15 million.