Marion airport to see $8M in upgrades

Photo Courtesy: Marion Municipal Airport
Photo Courtesy: Marion Municipal Airport

MARION, Ind. (WANE) – The Marion Board of Airport Commissioners recently approved a five-year capital improvement plan that will see an investment of $8 million at Marion Municipal Airport.

The airport sits one mile south of Marion between State Road 37 and State Road 9.

The plan includes several additions and improvements to the airport, including the addition of a parallel taxiway this year. The $2 million project will increase safety along Runway 15-33, according to officials.

“The Board is highly anticipating growth for the airport and the region over the next five years through the execution of these planned additions and improvements,” said Jim McKinney, Marion Board of Airport Commissioners President in a statement Tuesday. “Support from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration continues to be an integral part of moving these projects along.”

The five-year plan includes an apron extension and construction of a T-Hangar in 2016.

“The T hangar will not only allow the airport to generate revenue, it will in turn benefit the local economy by providing visitors with a space to store aircraft and allowing them to extend their visits,” said McKinney. “This hangar will help attract future business opportunities to the area.”

In 2018 and 2019, the airport hopes to construct a snow removal equipment building. Plans also call for rehabilitation projects for roadway and taxiways to improve safety for pilots and increase the life of the airport’s pavement.

In 2013, the airport installed LED taxiway edge lighting, parking lot lights, and energy-reducing lighting in the hangers. Those projects are part of a continued effort to become self-sufficient. Ongoing energy reduction analysis and projects will continue to lower overall maintenance costs at the airport.

“The Board of Aviation Commissioners is seeing more business-related traffic and is excited about the opportunity the airport brings to the city of Marion and Economic Development,” said McKinney.

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