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Economic study of Carlisle Airport nearly complete

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Carlisle Airport is up to the final step in its economic impact study.
Carlisle Airport is up to the final step in its economic impact study. - (Photo / )

An economic impact study of Carlisle Airport is "90 percent" finished, a precursor to a potential sale.

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. will receive a draft of the study in coming weeks, said Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO, and plans to follow up with public input sessions.

The final step of the study, being done in house by CAEDC, is to complete a conceptual plan of potential structures and site design utilizing the airport’s current 12-year plan, he said.

"The conceptual plan will look to improve current structures, while reviewing adjacent undeveloped land (currently owned by airport) for highest and best uses, as it relates to possible expansion for aviated and non-aviated businesses," Bowser said.

The goal is to transfer ownership of the airport from private hands to a public entity. Public ownership of the airport by an authority — similar to Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, which owns Harrisburg International Airport — would make Carlisle Airport eligible for Federal Aviation Administration money for improvements, officials have said.

CAEDC has received "a few inquiries" from interested parties, but Bowser would not comment further. Any transfer of ownership would require approval from the FAA and the state Department of Transportation.

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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