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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Airport Opens In St George

A new, larger airport opens today in St George, the popular retirement and recreation community in SW Utah that serves as gateway to Zion National Park and other scenic areas.

City officials say the airport opens a "new era" for the community. The Spectrum newspaper has this article about the expansion. Below are excerpts.

After more than 20 years of dreaming, planning and building the $160 million project, those officials will finally have the opportunity to see the airport and community begin down a path they say will bring exponential growth and economic recovery.

Thanks to the new airport's larger and sturdier runways, St. George-based SkyWest Airlines will begin the first commercial jet flights to and from St. George on Jan. 13.

City spokesman Marc Mortensen said such capabilities are huge not only for travelers, but also for the local economy.

Mayor Daniel McArthur said the airport would also attract development and businesses in its immediate vicinity, bringing both aviation and non-aviation-related jobs alike. With nearly 15 percent of the area's employment revolving around construction, McArthur added the airport would help create jobs in a variety of fields.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the airport's main terminal, Wednesday's festivities will include an F-16 flyover, a Life Flight helicopter demonstration and three SkyWest test flights. There will also be addresses by city officials and a dedicatory prayer by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, First Presidency, second councilor, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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