The Fort Dodge Regional Airport will reopen as scheduled today at 7AM. Commercial flights will resume with the Great Lakes Airlines flight departing at 10:15. The airport closed due to the design of the airport's two runways, which is in an X.
On April 16th, runway 12/30 was closed for the project which is scheduled to be completed in August. The other runway 6/24, is the one being used for daily operations. To complete the runway rehabilitation where the two runways cross, the airport was forced to close. The airport was closed from July 6th @ 7AM. During this 14 day window extensive work needed to be completed so the airport could reopen as planned.
Director Rhonda Chambers stated, "Fort Dodge Asphalt did an excellent job in coordinating with the subcontractors to complete their part of the work in tandem with the removal and replacement of the pavement. In addition, McClure Engineering held monthly progress meetings with all contractors to pre-plan for the closure as well as being on site to monitor and immediately address any issues that presented itself during the project."
The runway rehabilitation project that began in April is expected to be completed and the runway reopened before the labor day skydiving event. This runway is used by skydiving aircraft during the event due to its location near the drop zone.