Danbury, Conn., Accused of Trying To Close Airport

 - December 17, 2007, 5:54 AM

The “egregious behavior” of the city of Danbury, Conn., in failing to cut trees on the approach for Runway 26 at Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR) is a “blatant attempt to shut down the airport by reducing its functionality,” alleges the National Air Transportation Association. For years, the FAA has said it will displace the threshold 1,000 feet farther down the currently 4,422-foot-long runway if the trees are not cut. NATA believes the functionality of the airport is already in question, evidenced by the relocation of three general aviation businesses that once operated out of DXR. “They moved for many reasons, but primarily due to the uncertainty of the operating status of the airport.”