The Regional Airport Authority was formerly named the "Municipal Airport Authority". On October 19, 2009 the Merced City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2343 which formally changed the name to "Regional Airport Authority".
The Airport Authority was created for the provision and maintenance of public airports and landing places for aerial traffic for the use of the public. The authority consists of seven members who serve four-year terms of office. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This position requires the filing of a Statement on Economic INterests under the California Fair Political Practices Act guidelines.