By Ben Wolf
Thursday, October 12, 2006
A runway extension will help Moody Air Force Base and boost Valdosta's economy, but that will have to wait as the FAA must check approach lights and technical equipment along the landing strip.
"We've had to go back and forth with the FAA on the design work for those and the plans have been finalized and should be going to a contractor any day now," said airport director Bob Holloway.
Airport officials expect the improved runway to operate in March, and they hope it will bring much to the Azalea City.
"An airline with perhaps bigger airplanes in eventually, it's not going to happen right now, but you have to have the runway to be able to do that, cargo operations, FedEx, UPS," said Holloway.
With possible competition coming, it could bring cheaper ticket prices.
"I think we would have more people fly out of Valdosta if the prices were lower," said airline passenger Deborah Young.
"Flying as much as we do, say three times a year, you have to go where it's competitive," added Donna Kukman.
Officials say with the new runway, the airport would be able to handle maintenance repair for larger aircrafts.
The longer runway will enable Moody Air Force Base to land their T-38 planes, something that the airport currently can't do.