SME gets runway stretch and new approach

 - February 2, 2007, 9:45 AM

The runway at Somerset-Pulaski County Airport (SME), Ky., has been extended by 400 feet to 6,000 feet and a new localizer approach has been added. The Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation secured the $2.4 million in federal funding for the improvements and has also applied for funding to build a commuter air terminal. Operators also hope that a glideslope transmitter will be installed to provide a full ILS.

SME used to have an LDA approach, but it had been out of service for several years. Development at the airport has received a high level of support from the area’s business community, and regional air service could be introduced as early as this spring, according to Carrol Estes, executive director of the development foundation.