Morrisville-Stowe airport Act 250 permit approved

Published: Dec. 20, 2018 at 12:16 PM EST
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The Morrisville-Stowe State Airport has received the greenlight from state environmental regulators to move ahead with $1.4 million in improvements to the runway.

The Act 250 permit for the proposed project was approved last week. It calls for a slightly longer runway and new taxiways, among other safety improvements.

The facility five years ago underwent $20 million in renovations including a new terminal, lighting and taxiways.

Stowe Aviation, the company that leases the airport from the state, has long had big plans to renovate the airport, increase traffic, and provide regularly scheduled flights and a flight school.

Three years ago, the company highlighted the start of scheduled air service operated by New York-based carrier Tradewind Aviation. That service has since been replaced with a new carrier, Blade, which began scheduled weekend service from Westchester, N.Y. last week.

Stowe Aviation's owners have struggled to finance their plans. Last year they withdrew from the state's EB-5 program, saying the Jay Peak "Kingdom Con" scandal had tainted potential foreign investors.