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Plans for moving Greenwood airport put on hold

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Officials have decided to put on hold work toward trying to move a small airport from a suburban area south of Indianapolis.

A slump in business travel has left the Greenwood Municipal Airport unable to attract the additional jet traffic it needs to have a chance at federal money for an expansion project.

Greenwood aviation board president Jeff Colvin told the Daily Journal of Franklin that the airport is on pace for about 400 jet takeoffs and landings this year, about the same as 2009. He says it needs a longer runway but can't expand at its location surrounded by homes and business just west of Interstate 65.

Mayor Charles Henderson hopes the airport can eventually be moved to a rural area east of I-65 to free the current site for development.

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  • Why another airport
    Is the Greenwood airport really needed? Would there be a significant loss to the local economy if there was not an upgrade to it, or an even bigger question, if it were even closed? Seems like that land, and other 'frozen' lands around it would be better suited for residential development, .

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