Airport to Show Off New Runway
October 6, 2013
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  • The Cleveland Municipal Airport is reopening on Oct. 17 and will do so by showing Cleveland what does best, fly.

    There will be a Runway Grand Opening Air Show event after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.

    “We are inviting all of the government officials, our engineers and contractors who have worked on the job and anyone who has had any impact on helping us get the funding for construction,” said Clint Johnson, airport director.

    Johnson hopes to have aircrafts on displays for community members to view.

    “It’s more of a performance than an airshow. We’ve got a couple T-6s lined up to perform, some flybys, and a T-28 lined up to perform as well,” said Johnson.

    “It’s going to be a short event, we only have a few acts,” said Johnson.

    Of course the public is invited to attend and check out the airport and new runway.

    The airport expansion was done in three phases.

    Phase I of the project included dirt work and drainage, Phase II consisted of paving and electrical work, and Phase III included overlay and lighting to run the pan of the new runway.

    Through final congressional approval last year, Mississippi airports received $9.7 million in FAA funding.

    “Of that money the Cleveland Municipal Airport will receive $150,000 for the runway extension and paving,” said Greg Korb, city engineer, in a previous interview.

    “Every year the FAA provides Mississippi airports with funding so these funds were already built into the city’s $4.25 million project.”