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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - An expected surge of air traffic in conjunction with the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games has expedited a $4 million expansion at the Georgetown-Scott County
The expansion includes a ramp extension, a new terminal building and other improvements.
Construction is expected to begin midyear and be completed in time for the 2010 games in neighboring Fayette County, said airport assistant manager James Toole.
According to a study commissioned by the airport, the games will mean an additional 200 daily flights to the area. From that estimate, the Georgetown-Scott County Airport expects to service 60 daily flights.
The airport expects the increased flights to be domestic. The airport is not equipped to handle flights carrying horses. The airport is about 10 miles north of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Landing the World Equestrian Games enabled the airport to get the funding earlier, but the improvements were needed anyway, said airport board chairman Jim Calloway.
Airport manager Rhonda Hampton said the construction is not expected to affect the airport's daily operations. After the games, the improvements will enable the airport to handle more planes, and it will also be able to provide more space for charters and other aviation-related businesses, Toole said.
About 90 planes are based at the airport, but it could have as many as 150 if it were able to accommodate all the requests, Hampton said.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
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