Lunken Airport and local residents debate weight
The airport board and some users at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, are at odds over a higher aircraft weight limit proposed late last year. A city council airport advisory board voted seven-to-one to raise the weight limit from 70,000 pounds mtow to 100,000 pounds and to keep the limit in place for 10 years. City-owned Lunken currently has some 130,000 operations per year and no scheduled airline service. Opposition to the proposal was spearheaded by local residents and a councilman who cited a previous agreement to keep Lunken at status quo until a master plan and a separate noise study are completed. The weight increase, which would allow Gulfstream Vs and Global Expresses to use the field without a waiver, was seen as a compromise among city administrators, airport tenants and the oversight board.
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