Grand opening goes on despite Fed shutdown
by Kevin Pearson
Oct 16, 2013 | 1972 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Federal government shutdown has taken a swipe at festivities planned for Thursday’s Grand Re-Opening Ceremony at the Cleveland Municipal Airport, set for 4 p.m.

The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting, comments from Cleveland political and business leaders, airplane displays, fly-overs and formation flying.

There were other events scheduled for the ceremony, such as aerial acrobatics and performances, but due to the government shutdown, these will unfortunately not be included.

Airport Director Clint Johnson said to perform acrobatics the airport would have needed a special waver from the FAA and an FAA inspector to be present during the show.

The airport was unable to obtain these due to the government shutdown.

Johnson said, “The shutdown kind of put a damper on the airshow we had planned.

“It will be a great day for the airport and for Cleveland and the county in general as we celebrate our airport moving forward,” said Johnson.

“While the airport has been operating since the 1940s, the facility has just undergone several upgrades this past year including the addition of a 1,000 foot runway extension,” said Airport Director Clint Johnson. “Other major upgrades have also taken place over the past year.”

The runway extension now makes the overall length of the runway 5,005 feet and will now open up the Cleveland Municipal Airport to larger, corporate traffic, which has previously had to fly to nearby airports and drive to Cleveland.

As well as the runway extension, the Cleveland Municipal Airport has also upgraded its electrical and weather systems.