Occasionally airports require repairs, though it’s rare that this causes airports to shut down completely. Sometimes at major airports runway repairs are needed, and in this case they may close one runway for some amount of time, causing airlines to temporarily reduce their schedules (we’ve seen this in Colombo and Dubai, for example)
St. George Regional Airport in Utah is having some major issues with their runway, and will be closing for nearly four months next year. St. George Airport will be closed between April 25 and August 21, 2019.
The airport currently has service from the regional carriers of American, Delta, and United, and Allegiant will start service there later this year.
So, what’s causing the airport closure? The airport’s runway requires a major structural repair. 5,400 linear feet of the runway will need to be excavated and replaced as a result of water entering the soil underneath it, damaging the existing runway pavement.
The project is expected to take around 120 days, and cost around $27 million. About $25 million of that will be paid through a grant from the FAA, while the city will pay about $2 million of the cost, which will be funded through the airport’s passenger facility charges.
What’s perhaps craziest about this is that the airport isn’t very old. The current airport only opened in 2011, so you’d think the runway wouldn’t need repairs that quickly.
St. George is a popular airport to fly into for those visiting Zion National Park. The good news is that Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is only about 100 miles from St. George, so while it’s not ideal, a two hour drive between airports isn’t that bad.
Interestingly as of the time of this post, United seems to be the only airline that got the memo about the airport closing. They’ve zeroed out flights during the airport closure period. American and Delta, on the other hand, continue to sell flights for the dates where the airport is expected to be closed.
Will anyone be impacted by this St. George Airport closure?
(Tip of the hat to St. George News)