Officials hope Greenwood airport improvements up traffic

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Greenwood officials say they’re hoping a number of projects will attract even more traffic to the city’s airport.

Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says they’re working to bolster the airport and make it more attractive to corporate jets.

If you’ve seen a big tarp off County Line Road near Emerson Road, Myers says that’s a new sign for the airport. Workers have been constructing it underneath the tarp, and they’re planning to unveil the sign within the next two weeks.

This past month, they’ve also worked to rehab the airport’s taxiway. They say a federal grant paid for 95 percent of that $1.1 million project.

A couple years ago, the city extended their runway to be able to accommodate corporate jets. Since then, they’ve seen 400 jets come through a year. Before that, they were getting less than 100.

“We’re really trying to dress it up, and make our airport a more vibrant, more well-serving airport. We’re doing a lot of different projects out here to try to bolster it,” said Myers. “Next thing we’ll do is… We’re going to tear down some of the old open hangars. Within next year or two, we’ll be building a couple more large, corporate hangars where we can get more jets in to park them, and that really helps revenues to grow.

The city has also marketed with Visit Indy, toting the airport as the closest to downtown Indianapolis: just about a 12-minute drive.

The mayor says increased traffic to the airport will bring revenue not only to the airport, but to surrounding businesses and restaurants as well. He adds, if they can rent out hangars on a monthly basis, and when they sell fuel at the airport, that also helps increase revenue for the airport.

More projects in the works as well: they’re working on a new fence around the airport, and within the next couple years, they plan to tear down some of old hangars to build newer, bigger ones, too.

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