Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport holds open house for master plan

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) – The Roanoke Regional Airport is looking for input on its new 20-year master plan.

They held a public open house Tuesday night.

They are looking at things like airline service, extending the runways, parking and terminal size. But they also want to know what the community wants to see.

The Executive Director for the airport Tim Bradshaw says the masterplan is basically a road map of how the airport should be improved over the next 20 years.

Bradshaw says they expect more people to fly out of Roanoke in the near future and they want the airport to grow to accommodate passengers.

Some possible improvements include a runway extension to help the airport be able to fly to more cities. Growing the airport as a commerce hub, to attracting big business distribution centers like Amazon.

But Bradshaw says ultimately this is the community’s airport so they want the community to be involved in this process.

“Not only will we have these workshops that we have currently, but we also have a website that we’ve launched. We’re going to invite community feedback here on out so this is continual where we will be seeking information from the community,” said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw says this isn’t just the Roanoke airport. It serves about 19 counties, so they will be reaching out to people who live in the New River Valley as well.

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