OKLAHOMA CITY —
Officials pointed out that the airport’s shorter, secondary runway is currently used by aircraft to taxi back and forth from the terminal and hangars to the main runway. The new standard parallel taxiway will provide a safer environment for pilots. During and after construction, the secondary runway will be shut down for good, leaving just the 5,000 foot runway.
The Aeronautics Commission has awarded $2.7 million in capital improvement grants thus far in fiscal year 2014 to airports that are part of the State System of Airports. The state system is comprised of 110 public airports, including 49 regional business airports located throughout the state. Forty-three of those 49 airports boast jet-capable runways of at least 5,000 feet in length, which can accommodate almost any type of business jet.