Hilton Head Airport future in question

Reported by Claire Beverly, Adventure Radio Hilton Head
The future of the Hilton Head Island Airport remains in flux, after consultants on the Master Plan for Airport revealed to officials last night that the runway needs to be lengthened by 1100 feet or it will lose commercial airline service within 20 years. Island Packet reports that consultants say that due to changing FAA regulations and aircraft design, many commercial and private jets will not be able to use the runway. The airport does not make money off of small, general aviation planes. Many Town Officials, including Mayor Tom Peeples, oppose the idea because it cuts off Beach City Road and requires the removal of St. James Church. There will be two public comment meetings next coming up next week.