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Airport to Close Three Days in August

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The Springfield-Branson National Airport has announced it will close for three days in a row this summer. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the report.

The Springfield-Branson National Airport will be repaving one of its two runways all summer long. It will be forced to close down only for a 72-hour window in August.

Kent Boyd is a spokesperson for the airport.

“The hitch comes when the repaving work gets to the intersection of the two runways. There’s an intersection where they literally cross each other. When we get to that intersection the federal guidelines say that we can’t have man and equipment that close to the runway that is being used.”

The crews will be working around the clock in order to replace the 16 year old asphalt. The airport does have a contingency plan in place to deal with the weather or any other unseen events that may take place.

As far as financial repercussions go, Boyd estimates that during those three days the airport will be forced to cancel between 75 to 80 flights costing roughly $100,000. However, he also says that only takes into account the airline.

“There will be other parties who lose as well. The airlines, the restaurant at the airport, the rental car agencies, the car cargo airlines, it’s quite a long list. So trying to figure out what the entire financial impact is we can’t do.”

The airport did look into alternative options, but unfortunately found all were either far more expensive or took much longer.

The last time the airport was forced to close was in 1972 for 28 days to perform similar work.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.