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Altoona-Blair Co. Refurbished Runway 'Step In Airport's Evolution'


August 11, 2022

Rick Boston

Congressman John Joyce (center) was joined by (from left) Altoona-Blair County Airport employee Jeff Hill, airport manager Tracy Plessinger, airport authority members Gary Orner and Ben Staplefeld Jr., Blair County Commissioner Amy Webster, and airport authority members Seth Smith and Mike Ritchey as they cut the ribbon to officially open the refurbished Runway 1230.

The Altoona-Blair County Airport held a ribbon cutting for its recently refurbished east-west runway 1230. The runway's completion comes as the airport embarks on a new era of passenger service when Contour Airlines and its 30-passenger jet is slated to become the new carrier beginning in October.

Rep. John Joyce (R-PA, 13th District), whose efforts on behalf of the county's airport resulted in more than $1 million in grant money, said the refurbished runway will allow for more air traffic with improved safety.

"This is state-of-the-art design with the ridges put in, so the water runs off...

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