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Fort Smith runway to close for paving

by Noel Oman | July 28, 2021 at 12:31 p.m.

Fort Smith Regional Airport will be without airline service for two weeks beginning Aug. 21 to accommodate work on a $12.5 million pavement project on the main runway, airport officials announced Tuesday.

American Airlines, the only commercial carrier serving the airport, has four daily departures.

Runway 7/25, which is 8,017 feet long, will be closed through Sept. 5, airport director Michael Griffin said in a news release.

"Customers with tickets during these dates should be contacted by the airline or can contact them on their toll-free number, or at their website, www.aa.com," Griffin said.

The airport's secondary runway, Runway 1/9, which is 5,002 feet long, will be open for general aviation aircraft except for Sept. 1-5, which is when paving is scheduled at the intersection of both runways, according to the news release.

The paving project began July 19 and is scheduled to take 150 days. The project is being conducted in stages to "minimize air service interruptions," Griffin said.

American flights are scheduled to resume Sept. 6.

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