Moyer offers charter flights and other general aviation services and has been operating at both Pocono Mountains Airport and Braden Airpark from 1981 to 2000, said Vern Moyer, president of Moyer Aviation. The company consolidated the two general aviation businesses into one and moved to Braden in 2000.
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority owns the property and has a 2015 deadline looming for paying off a $16 million lawsuit stemming from the 1990s. The authority has been looking at the properties it owns to potentially sell to generate money, including Braden.
However, Charles Everett, executive director for the authority, said there are no plans to sell the airport at this time. The authority also owns Queen City Airport in Allentown and Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township.
"We have not made a decision at this point on how we will proceed," said Everett. "It is going to continue to be used as a small airport. No decision has been made to close the airport."
Moyer Aviation has a month-to-month lease with the authority and Everett confirmed that the company gave notice that it would terminate its agreement effective April 30.
"We're hoping they will keep it as an airport," said Moyer.
Moyer said the authority is certainly considering a sale of Braden Airpark, which covers about 80 acres. He said that consideration impacted his decision to move.
Also, with a long-term lease and a larger facility, Moyer said the Poconos Airport would be an opportunity to possibly expand its business with larger aircraft for charter services and it would continue charter flights out of the Lehigh Valley and New York region. Moyer would also continue its maintenance shop/service center and flight school in the Poconos Airport.
The longest runway at the Poconos location is about 5,000 feet in length, while the longest runway at Braden is about 2,000 feet, added Moyer.
"We expect to be up there May 1," said Moyer. "We are going to continue to service our customers. We just felt for the long-term prospects of the company, we decided to move."