CANTON - An airport in Canton wants to fly to new heights, but first it needs a longer runway.
The Canton Park District is looking to extend a runway at the Ingersoll Airport from about 4,000 to 5,000 feet.
The new addition will allow it to bring in more aircrafts and more business to the community.
First the airport needs federal funding to help cover the about two-million dollar addition and get the project off the ground.
“A longer runway would certainly help them. We have jets that come in here at a regular basis. But it's also a very tight run for them at 39-hundred feet. That's why we need the 5,000 feet for them to uh, to accommodate them better,” says Canton Park District Commissioner Kevin Stephenson.
The Park District has to meet a certain number of flights per year to qualify for the funding. It’s working on an effective way to track the number of flights off the runway.
The Ingersoll Airport is one of only a handful of airports in the state owned by a park district.
In order to receive funds from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, the airports runway must have at least 500 operations a year to receive the funding.
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