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Sussex County Airport Extends Main Runway

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- After $4 million and more than three years of construction, the Sussex County Airport is home to an expanded runway. The new landing strip was expanded 500 feet, and is now 5,500-feet-long. Officials from the airport believe this extended runway will give incoming planes more time and flexibility when landing.

The airport does not have commercial airlines, but it is full of many businesses, which use the local airport for a variety of uses. Jim Hickin, the manager at the airport said he is glad to see the change.

"It just gives us more reliability and it's better for the airport," he said.

He added that the shorter runway had created some issues in the past in attracting some customers.

"We've had instances in the past where aircrafts had to go some place else because the aircraft wasn't long enough for the conditions that day," he said. "That's if the condition was wet or there was a heavy-weight aircraft or if there was lot's of fuel."

Of the $4 million spent on this project, 90 percent was paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration. The remaining $400,000 was split by Sussex County and Delaware.

Kenneth Moody was at the airport on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently taking courses on the terminal to learn how to build, maintain and even fly aircrafts.

"I think it's good," he said of the new runway. "If the airport grows, it'll be more jobs. And more investment in the area. And it'll be more planes for me to fix or fly in the future. It's all good with me."

More room to land, more room to take off, and hopefully more business in Sussex County.

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