Runway work grounds commercial flights at Augusta airport

Posted April 21, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.
Last modified April 21, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Work on the main runway will ground commercial flights for up to two months at the airport in Maine’s capital city.

Cape Air will suspend operations while the Augusta State Airport’s main runway is closed for reconstruction during most or all of May and June.

The airport will remain open with a shorter 2,700-foot runway open for smaller aircraft and charter flights. But Andrew Bonney from Massachusetts-based Cape Air says its aircraft need at least 3,200 feet of runway for daily flights between Augusta and Boston.

The Kennebec Journal says the $7.5 million improvement project at the airport, which is owned by the state but run by the city, began last fall. Cape’s Augusta flights will remain suspended until the 5,100-foot main runway reopens by June 30.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story said the 5,100-foot main runway would reopen by June 1. It will reopen by June 30.

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