Primary runway to close for rehabilitation at Mobile Downtown Airport

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile Airport Authority is preparing to temporarily close its primary
runway at the Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM) for a $9.1 million rehabilitation project. The
improvements of Runway 14/32 are scheduled to start on Monday, May 10, 2021, with an estimated
date to reopen in the fall.

The rehabilitation project includes:
• Resurfacing about 8,600-feet of the runway
• Installing new LED lights
• Drainage Improvement
• Enhancing navigational approach
“Overall, this project will help the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley continue to be an important economic driver by improving its existing infrastructure for our tenants and the Mobile Downtown Airport,” said Chris Curry, Mobile Airport Authority President. “It’s best to complete this project now before we relocate commercial air passenger service, so it won’t impact those operations.”

Throughout the construction, tenants, such as the Airbus, ST Aerospace MRO, and Signature Flight
Support, along with other aeronautical users, will use our secondary Runway 18/36 which has a north/south configuration. While the primary runway is under construction, all landing and departing aircraft will utilize the secondary runway.

“If you are a resident and live within the vicinity of the Airport, the level of aviation activity will not change, however, all arrivals and landings will occur on one runway rather than two,” said Curry. “We appreciate your patience and want to be clear, once the work is complete, Runway 14/32 will return to use as the primary runway and will serve our community for many years into the future.”

This project would not be possible without the help of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. A grant is funding this project under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020. The runway was originally constructed in 1929 and extended in 1955. It has been rehabilitated and upgraded several times since then, most recently in 2005.

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