In a bid to restart its commercial airline services, the Four Corners Regional Airport is considering a plan that would see just over $23 million spent on facility upgrades between now and 2024.
Those upgrades would include a relocation of an existing taxiway, the installation of an engineered material arresting system, and general runway improvements.
As previously explained by airport officials, the taxiway would be moved some 15 feet in order to make way for larger planes.
The airport suspended commercial operations in the fall of 2017 after Great Lakes Airlines announced it was no longer serving the Farmington area.
Since then airport officials have wanted to re-ignite its traditional airline service, a service going back to the late 1940s.
As part of that effort, the City of Farmington, which owns the airport, has announced that it is pushing for an expanded Federal Aviation Administration-approved classification allowing for larger planes to utilize the facility.
The $23 million in planned airport upgrades follows on the heels of the $3.2 million building of three new taxiways last spring, a project that was mostly funded by the FAA.
Located a mile northwest of Farmington, the Four Corners Regional Airport has in the past seen as many as 80,000 passengers using commercial flights on an annual basis.
By Garry Boulard
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