Officials cut the ribbon on a runway extension at the Northeast Kingdom International Airport in Coventry on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
It was raining and windy when Bill Stenger, his business partners and several state leaders cut the ribbon on a 1,000-foot runway extension at the newly renamed Northeast Kingdom International Airport on Thursday.
Members of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s cabinet sent representatives, as did Vermont’s congressional delegation. Legislators from the Newport area came to hear about the 100 jobs that could be created once the airport expands. Private aviators who use the airport were very happy.
Patricia Sears, who helped bring the extension over the finish line as chair of the Northeast Kingdom International Airport Committee, was excited, too. She pointed to a corporate jet that was taking off in the poor weather. If the state and federal government hadn’t poured about $9 million into extending the runway, Sears said, that jet wouldn’t have been able to take off safely.
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