Salem considers expanding airport runway


Salem city officials are planning a runway extension at the municipal airport to make the city more attractive to relocating businesses.

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Salem city officials are planning a runway extension at the municipal airport to make the city more attractive to relocating businesses.

“We are not competitive at 5,800 feet,” said Salem Urban Development director John Wales. “Some of the corporate jets we have operating out of the airport right now cannot take off fully fueled in the summertime.”

The two runways at Salem Municipal Airport are shorter than runways in cities with similar population. The expansion to 7,000 feet would make the airport comparable to Redmond and closer to Eugene and Medford.

Read more at StatesmanJournal.com.

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