FARMINGTON — Nearly two years after the last commercial airline stopped flying in and out of the Four Corners Regional Airport, city officials say these flights will likely be returning next summer.
Construction began on Sept. 30 to upgrade the runway. This will allow the airport to move from a BII classification to a CII classification, which allows for larger planes to land and depart from the airport.
The upgrades involve extending the safety areas on either end of the runway. The City of Farmington received a $3.45 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for this project, which includes repainting the airfield and fog sealing to extend the runway’s life. The city’s goal is for the construction to be complete at the beginning of 2020.
“These runway enhancements will bring the Farmington-Four Corners Airport back into regional relevance by facilitating the return of scheduled jet airline service,” said City Manager Rob Mayes in a press release. “The Farmington and Durango communities, and our entire region, benefit when air travelers have options that result in lower airfares due to airlines competing for customers.”