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Major expansion underway at Sylvester airport

City Manager Debbie Bridges City Manager Debbie Bridges
The existing runway is only 3,500 feet  long The existing runway is only 3,500 feet long
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Construction is underway on an expansion at a small South Georgia airport. Worth County and Sylvester leaders hope a longer runway at Sylvester Municipal airport will lead to more business growth.

There was one hiccup in plan to lengthen the runway of the Sylvester municipal airport- "Just funding making sure the funding was in place," said City Manager Debbie Bridges.

The runway at the airport will expand from 3,500 feet to 4,525 feet; over eight-tenths of a mile. Something Worth County businesses have been clamoring for.

 "We have a lot of support from our local businesses where, being able to fly in the larger size airplanes would benefit them," said Bridges.

Currently, less than 15% percent of aircraft can fly into Sylvester. "It's just those smaller, like there is a crop-duster, more like an individual that is doing it for a pastime, a hobby, that come into our airport," Bridges said.

The expansion significantly increases that number to 75%. The potential revenue brought from these visitors can now stay inside of city limits.

"They don't have to go to surrounding communities; they can just come here and be picked up at our airport."

Construction is expected to be completed by November 2014. Flights will still be able to come through the airport during construction.

 

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