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St. George Airport Closing for 10 Days

St. George Airport Closing for 10 Days

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The St. George Municipal Airport is to be closed for 10 days for runway resurfacing.

The closure, which was to begin Monday, could be longer if it rains.

"I know we need the rain, but it potentially could delay the project," said airport manager Dave Ulane.

The $1.8 million rehabilitation project, which is being funded primarily by the Federal Aviation Administration, should make for a safer landing surface, said Ulane.

The finished product will be a 6,600-by-100-foot runway, with the 16-year-old gravel replaced with about 4 inches of asphalt.

Two of SkyWest's six daily Salt Lake City flights are being relocated to the Cedar City Regional Airport, and two daily Los Angeles flights have been canceled until the airport reopens.

Single- and twin-engine carriers for UPS and Fed-Ex will be rerouted to the Hurricane Municipal Airport, which should see a traffic increase of about 25 planes each day until Aug. 4, said Airport Manager Dick Stout.

Helicopters will still be able to take off and land at the airport.

Ulane said the decision regarding the timing of the airport closure was made jointly with SkyWest at the beginning of the year.

SkyWest employees were encouraged to use the hiatus as vacation time.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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