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New main runway opens at airport (VIDEO)

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Aerial maps of the two reconstruction phases of the Hays Regional Airport Runway 16-34

The newly reconstructed main runway at the Hays Regional Airport is open for business.

A ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon featured remarks from Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech, who talked about the project and the economic impact of the airport:

Burns and McDonnell is the project engineer.  The contractor is Smoky Hill Construction, LLC.

Tune in Tuesday when Hays Post talks with Airport Manager Bob Johnson and Airport Advisory Board member Mike Konz on Eagle Radio and Eagle Community TV, Channel 14.

 

Dignitaries attending the runway ribbon cutting included Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-110th District), Rep. Sue Boldra (R-111th District), Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno, Ellis County Commissioner Barbara Wasinger and Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jana Jordan.

Dignitaries attending the runway ribbon cutting included Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-110th District), Rep. Sue Boldra (R-111th District), Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno, Ellis County Commissioner Barbara Wasinger and Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jana Jordan.

Black airplanes are silhouetted against a blue sky on sugar cookies served at Monday's ribbon cutting at the Hays Regional Airport.

Black airplanes are silhouetted against a blue sky on sugar cookies served at Monday’s ribbon cutting at the Hays Regional Airport.

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  • redneck idiot

    what does I. D. stand for in this guys name anyway. just a pet peev of mine, public officials that use initials instead of their full names, or have two first names or the (-) last name. Hey I have a right to complain, and if you don’t like it don’t read my posts

    • me

      with a last name of Creech, I woul(D) spice it up too

  • Uncle Thomas

    I read your post…
    Have been curious as well, but didn’t want to look like a rambling fool. Oh wait, I have been called worse on Hays Post :).

  • Not impressed

    Dignitaries? You got to be kidding…Jordan, Wasinger, Briseno? They were there to hang banners in the parking lot.

  • Traveling mom

    Now it would be nice if Great Lakes didn’t cancel flights!! They wonder why people don’t FLY HAYS…..well, cancelled flights is a good reason to fly elsewhere and not have to mess with trying to rebook flights or spend another night in Denver!

    • cheaper to drive

      because its way too expensive, at one time, to fly from Hays to Denver, cost more that it did to fly from Denver to Reno NV.

  • Fly Manhattan ( could be Hays)

    Now, time for the city commission to pick a different airline. Great Lakes service has been horrible. Trapped in Denver, or left in Hays, too many times.
    American Airlines regional service to Dallas would be teriffic. I’m flying from there any time I have to fly east to get any decent connections.
    If Hays is to compete, and be a significant player in Western Kansas, we must have regional jet service like Garden City!