London begins work on airport extension

November 15, 2016 by  

Construction has begun on the London-Corbin Airport’s new addition. A two-acre plot of land is currently being prepped for the addition of a new hangar.

In order for work to begin on the project, the city needed to annex the two acres of land. Although the airport itself is inside of city limits, the new land fell just beyond the border. The annexation became official on October 31 and work began soon after.

All told, the project will cost about $850,000. Much of that cost is begin covered by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airport will pay 2.5% of the project costs and the FAA grant will make up the difference.

Airports can use presentation folders to make their case to local businesses and city councils. The expansion of the London Airport will not only benefit airlines, but will also improve traffic access to businesses along US 25, according to the airport’s manager Larry Corum. When the expansion is complete, the road to the airpark will be easy to get to so that delivery trucks can get in and out with ease, Corum says.

The state of Kentucky has recently made a commitment to improving the 52 airports in the state. The governor has set aside $10m for airport improvements. London Airport received $250,000 to repair the taxiway and runway, and $800,000 to install LED lighting in those areas. The hope is that those projects will be completed by the end of the year.