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Carlisle Airport moving toward public ownership this year

Carlisle Airport could become a publicly owned and operated airport this year, as talks are moving forward between the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. and airport owners to transfer the facility.

Talks between CAEDC and airport owners have progressed since studies were conducted more than two years ago, and within the coming months an agreement could be finalized, CAEDC CEO Jonathan Bowser said. However, it's still too early to definitively say when that will be done.

Jim Kingsborough, Carlisle Airport's owner, said they are discussing the options but agreed it's still early.

Public ownership of the airport by an authority — similar to Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority that owns Harrisburg International Airport — would free up Federal Aviation Administration money for improvements to Carlisle Airport, Kingsborough and Bowser said. Improving the airport's facilities and safety systems would make it more accessible to businesspeople and others who want to travel directly to the central part of Cumberland County, they said.

Any transfer of ownership and authority creation would require approval from the FAA and the state Department of Transportation, Bowser said. Composition of an authority board has not yet been determined, and at this time there is only preliminary discussion on what it would look like, he said.

In October 2011, a task force released its recommendations for the airport at 228 Petersburg Road in South Middleton Township, that included maintenance, improvement and promotion objectives.

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