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New fire station planned for Valdosta airport

VALDOSTA, GA (AP) - A new state-of-the-art fire station is being planned for Valdosta Regional Airport in south Georgia.

Airport officials say the $3 million project is needed to keep the airport competitive. It's 1 of 9 commercial service airports in the state, with three flights per day to Atlanta.

Jim Galloway, the airport's executive director, says the fire station will enhance public safety. Officials say most of the funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration, with additional money from the state and fees paid by the airport's commercial users.

Construction is set to begin in two weeks and be completed in little over a year.

The airport was built before World War II as an auxiliary landing area to Moody Field. After the war, the federal government transferred the airport to the city.

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