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Repairs complete to runways as Pitt-Greenville Airport opens

(WCTI photo)

Repairs to the Pitt-Greenville Airport runways finished four days ahead of schedule, meaning the airport was open for business again Tuesday.

According to a press release from the airport, the runway opened Tuesday at 9:10 a.m. That's four days ahead of the scheduled opening. Repairs were made to extend the lifespan of the runways, which were recently extended. The press release said runways typically have a 20-year lifespan.

Below is more information from the press release.

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The Pitt Greenville Airport reopened its primary runway this morning at 9:10am, a full four days ahead of schedule. This marks the end of weight-restricted travel and full regular airline service can begin immediately.

Typically, regional airport runways have a lifespan of 20 years. Through continued stewardship from maintenance staff, the Pitt Greenville Airport was able to increase that lifespan by 35%. However, the ongoing effort needed to maintain the runway had become cost prohibitive. Resurfacing the runway helps to improve flight and airline reliability by minimizing downtime for repairs but also reduces the operating costs necessary to maintain an aging runway.

The runway resurfacing marks the largest project in the nearly $17 million in improvements made to the airport over the last two years, nearly 94% of which was funded through federal and state grants. Additional projects included a runway signage and lighting improvement project. Runway lights were replaced with brighter, more energy efficient LED lights, which will increase the visibility of the runway, reduce energy consumption by as much as 75% per year, and reduce maintenance costs as LED lights can last as long as seven years.

Pitt Greenville Airport Executive Director, Betty Stansbury sites keeping an open ear to the needs of the community as an impetus for the improvements. “We’ve listened closely to the feedback from our community, and we’re committed to ensuring our facilities meet and even exceed the needs of today’s traveler,” said Stansbury, “While the airport’s facilities have not directly impacted airline reliability, these improvements are vital to improving customer experience and enable us to reduce overall operating costs.”

More facility improvements are on the horizon. In the coming months, the airport will begin repairs to the terminal building and finalize upgrades to the parking control and payment systems.

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