Runway extension approved for Northwest Florida Beaches International


The Panama City-Bay County International Airport and Industrial District has been given the green light to move forward on the extension of the main runway at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers both signed off on the 1,600 foot extension, which will bring the length of the main runway to 10,000 feet.

Work on the runway extension will begin immediately and will not impact the construction schedule, which is currently running on time.

The extension is scheduled to be completed in time for a FAA runway certification test flight in mid-January.

“Our goal has always been to build an airport to support economic development and growth throughout the region for years to come,” said Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill.

“The longer runway puts us in a position to compete with anyone in the country for better air service and aviation related industries.”

“This is truly a major milestone for the airport project,” said Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis.

“With a 10,000 foot runway, we can handle almost any type of aircraft operations with no problem.”

Construction of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International is 80 percent complete and on track for its scheduled opening date of May 18, 2010.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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