Salina Airport Reopens Main Runway

 - May 2, 2022, 10:45 AM
Salina Regional Airport in Kansas has completed the first phase of its rehabilitation of 12,300-foot Runway 17/35. A second phase, which will see the milling and repaving of the remaining 7,500 feet, will begin in July and shut down the runway until September. (Photo: Salina Regional Airport)

Salina Regional Airport (KSLN) in Kansas has completed a renovation of the northernmost section of its primary 12,300-foot Runway 17/35. The $1,782,000 project that began on April 4 saw the milling of the 4,800-foot portion and the overlaying of a 2.5-inch layer of new asphalt. The runway was closed during that period and reopened for operations last week.

The work was funded by the Kansas DOT and the airport authority, and a similar process will begin on the southern 7,500 feet of 17/35 beginning July 1, according to airport executive director Timothy Rogers. Thus, the runway will be closed again from July 1 until September 7 for the $4.3 million FAA AIP-funded project, which will also include drainage improvements.

The airport, served by the lone Avflight FBO, is a popular tech stop for transcontinental flights, handling more than 90,000 operations over the past year. Pilots using the Salina Airport are reminded to check KSLN notams for details concerning all airfield maintenance and construction activity.

“Salina will be busy with airport infrastructure projects for the next five years,” Rogers told AIN. “Future projects made possible by bipartisan infrastructure legislation grant funding for airports include the resurfacing of 6,510-foot Runway 12/30, construction of a new 202,000-gallon fuel farm, and the expansion of the airport terminal building parking lot.”