Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Main Airline Runway Closed For Two Weeks
Maybe the timing is perfect. Maybe people don't fly as much in late June, but still it's going to be strange having the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport shutdown for two weeks while the main runaway is rebuilt. Work began this week and should be done by June 26th.
If it seems a little quieter than normal, it's because, MLive reports, the airport's main runway is getting a fancy upgrade, and the main carriers, Delta, United and American are grounded, while the repairs are made and resurfacing is done.
The airport says "Runway 17/35, the Airport’s air carrier runway, was last rehabilitated in 1998. As current pavement approaches its end of life, the Airport has planned to rehabilitate the runway in June of 2019. During much of this project, the Airport will be closed to commercial/airline traffic."
The airport says the $5 million dollar project is mostly paid for by a $4.6 million dollar grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The rest is coming from the state of Michigan and the airport itself is pay about 5% of the cost.