Runway extension to begin at Stafford Regional Airport

The Stafford Regional Airport will hold a groundbreaking for the extension of its runway on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11 a.m.

The groundbreaking takes place at the airport located at 95 Aviation Way. Members of the Board of Supervisors are invited and may attend. The groundbreaking is not open to the public due to the coronavirus, a county spokeswoman tells PLN.

The existing 5,000-foot runway will be extended 1,000 feet. This project has been in the works since 2007, and the Stafford Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) opened bids for a contract on June 9. The winning bidder was Fredericksburg based Henderson Construction Company, which made a bid of just over $3.4 million for the project.

“By having this extension we can attract different planes to the airport, specifically more business flights that could base their planes here in Stafford which means more revenue for the airport in terms of hanger fees and fuel sales,” Stafford airport authority board member Hank Scharpenberg told PLN last summer.

Originally, airport officials told PLN construction of the runway extension would begin in September.

The Stafford Regional Airport is responsible for $23 million in annual economic activity in the region, according to a 2017 study from the Virginia Department of Aviation.

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