Greenwood to increase length of airport runway, boost jet traffic
After seeing a boost in private jet traffic during Super Bowl 46, the city of Greenwood got the okay to lengthen its runway by 100 feet on each side.
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"We are going to see the Greenwood Airport really take off in a new direction and it is exciting," said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers.
Super Bowl 46, the city of Greenwood got the okay to lengthen its runway by 100 feet on each side. If built, the more than 5,000 feet of landing space could make it a major player when it comes to air travel around the Circle City.
"We are 12 minutes, cockpit to downtown," said Myers. "Nobody else can say that."
Myers said the Super Bowl is just tip of the iceberg. He said he wants more air traffic, for more events, like the Indy 500.
Lyle Williams flew in from Florida for race week. He is working this weekend's big race and did not want to fight the crowds at Indianapolis International Airport.
"Just try to stay out of everybody's way and keep everything running as smooth as possible," said Williams.
A longer runway means more traffic, more traffic means more planes.
Paula Reid has lived across from the airport for 30 years. She said she noticed the increased aircrafts during the Super Bowl. She said she is cautiously optimistic about what the future might hold for Greenwood.
"It has not bothered us yet, so I am hoping that it will stay that way," said Reid.
The 200 feet could be added to the existing runway as early as September or October of this year, pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.