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Groundbreaking Set for Oct. 8 for Airport Runway Expansion Project

Post Date:10/07/2019 11:28 AM

Marion Chamber Ambassadors will join City of Marion officials, staff and community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of a runway expansion project at the Marion Airport. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Noon at 1690 Marion Airport Rd.

The existing runway will be expanded from 23-feet to 60-feet wide. The project includes additional grading, drain tile, runway lighting and other safety improvements.

Total project cost is roughly $1.8 million. The Iowa Department of Transportation awarded over $424,000 to the project in addition to other grants for the runway design and zoning.

About the Airport
From 1963 to 2015, the Marion Airport served the community as a privately owned, public use airport. In the spring of 2015, the Marion Airport transferred into a hybrid public-private ownership to ensure that the airport continues to meet the needs of the community. With the new joint ownership, the Marion Airport became the Marion Municipal Airport.

The City of Marion oversees the administration of the airport and owns the runway and fixed-base operations building. The operations and maintenance of the facility are contracted with a private company, Luxair Aviation, which offers flight training, aircraft maintenance, private hangar rentals/sales, fuel sales and other supporting services that ensure the airport remains operational.

A seven member Marion Municipal Airport Committee works to ensure proper airport development and operation.