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Local Runway Gets Major Upgrade

It is hard to visualize that this once high alpine sheep pasture, which in recent years had been transformed into the Telluride Airport with its signature mid-runway dip, is now again being transformed into a new airport facility with a level runway ready to service the Telluride Region in the 21st century. Any heavy equipment fan, young or old, would be impressed by the amount of iron on the move, migrating from east to west and back, depositing countless tons of material, particularly in the runway dip dreaded by pilots. This 20 plus million dollar improvement to the airport will have a noticeably positive influence on Telluride’s accessibility and convenience in the future for visitors and locals alike. After the completion of the current phase, the airport plans to open in November 2009 with similar air service as last winter season. The main change will come in the summer of 2010, if FAA funding can be procured, when the safety areas are completed and emass material has been installed. At that time the Telluride airport will be able to accommodate the much coveted Q400 aircraft that services many mountain resorts. This aircraft is in use by both Continental and Frontier Airlines. Needless to say, besides becoming more safe and convenient, there will also be a significant economic benefit to the region with this improved facility. Thank you Telluride Airport Board and Manager for your excellent and tireless work to improve air service to our region.

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