Idaho Mountain Express: $34 Million for Hailey Airport Upgrade


Officials at Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport have been given a new price tag of $34 million to bring the airport in line with federally mandated safety standards.

The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority has known for some time that the runway needed to undergo changes to accommodate larger planes per a congressional mandate. For example, aircraft such as the C-III, which is commonly used by Horizon Air, currently flies in and out of Friedman but only under a special agreement.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that federal grants are expected to cover approximately $28 million worth of the necessary improvements, while private interests will pay approximately $3.6 million to build new hangars, leaving the airport to come up with around $2.3 million, which will mainly come from a $4.50 passenger facility fee applied to every airline ticket.

In the spring of 2014, the runway will be closed for about 25 days to accommodate moving the south half of its west taxiway 70 feet further west. In the summer of 2014, repaving to strengthen a parking apron on the north side of the airport terminal will begin. In the winter of 2014-2015 there will be a partial relocation and expansion of the airport terminal. In spring of 2015, there will be more terminal modifications the north half of the west taxiway will be moved, again closing the runway for 25 days. In the summer of 2015, a cargo apron will be repaved at the north end of the airport.

Additionally, a $4 million move of the air traffic control tower is expected to occur within the next 10 years.