Officials plan new layout for Lunken Airport

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 12:15:43-05

CINCINNATI — Neighbors of Lunken Airport got a better look at some of the potential changes coming there.

The Lunken Airport Oversight and Advisory Board held an open house Thursday for the public to get a look at some of their plans to update the city-owned airport.

The main recommendations include decommissioning the shorter parallel runway, extending the main runway 800 feet to the southwest, building a new taxiway to help smaller aircraft get out of the way of faster aircraft and relocating the aircraft control tower to a more central location.

“It gives us a facility with a little extra safety with what we have now,” airport manager Fred Anderton said.

Nearby resident Tom Salamon said he had concerns about the number of planes using the airport.

“I don’t want to stand in the way of progress, but by the same token I’d like my quality of life to be maintained,” Salamon said.

Alex Linser, the chair of the advisory board, said the changes would not increase the number of planes using the airport, and could actually decrease traffic.

“By decommissioning one of the runways, we will be eliminating one of the flight patterns that causes the noise a lot of residents complaint about,” Linser said.

The advisory board will host one more open house for anyone curious about the proposed changes. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Lunken Terminal, 262 Wilmer Ave.