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January 17, 2008

Valdosta - DayJet is the newest aviation business to open its doors in Valdosta.

"You actually purchase an individual seat on a private jet according to your schedule and you determine how much you are going to pay and when you are going to fly," says Kimberly Hale.

And they say the airport authority's decision to extend their runway helped convince them Valdosta was where they need to be.  "Very certainly it was appealing for us to come into an airport that decided to expand the runway to accommodate larger and more frequent service," she says.

Thursday, that extension is officially in service and at 8002 feet, it's the third longest in the state.

"This airport can now handle virtually anything that flies in Georgia. Military, civilian or anything else. We are ready for the future," says Joe Prater, Airport Authority Chairman.

The extension took two years to build but it could bring big benefits to Valdosta for years to come.

They expansion will help them court several more airline industries and convince them to move to the community.

"Freight operations or any kind of operation that demands an airport be near and a full service airport with a long runway and complete component of instrument approaches," Prater says.

Moody Air Force Base and Delta customers could also reap the benefits of the runway, as the airport could seek larger flights and more airlines in the future.

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