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Plans Call for Easton Airport Runway Extension

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EASTON, Md.- Plans to extend one of the runways at Easton Airport is being met by support and opposition.

Runway 4-22 is currently 4,775 feet long and would be extended by 1,800 feet. Airport manager Mike Henry said lengthening the runway would allow planes to take off with more passengers, fuel and cargo.

Extending the runway would also allow more jet aircraft to come in and out of the airport, which would bring in money. According to Henry, insurance companies and aircraft specifications require many jet aircraft to go in and out of airports with a runway no shorter than 5,000 feet. The runway extension would put Easton Airport over the 5,000 feet.

"Several of our jet operators that normally come in here have had to bypass us," said Henry.

There are several families who oppose the runway extension, particularly on Hazelwood Drive. If the airport is extended, three homes on that road will be in a safety zone and will have to be torn down.

"They should not being doing it, they should not be doing it," said Harold Willey, who lives on Hazelwood Drive. His home is not one that would have to be torn down, but he says he feels for his neighbors.

Global Strategies, a company that employs more than 150 people, is also in the safety zone and would have to be removed from the area.

Work on the runway extension is scheduled to begin until 2019, which is when the FAA says funding will be available.

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