Hailey Airport to Close This Spring and Next, For Runway Overhaul


The Twin Falls airport will be seeing more air traffic this spring. at least for 25 days.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport is scheduled to be closed down from Monday, April 28, through Thursday, May 22, diverting flights to Twin Falls' Joslin Field.

The Hailey airport will begin a $34 million overhaul of its runway, as part of new Federal Aviation Authority requirements, which must be completed by the end of 2015. The first phase of the overhaul, to take place this spring, will see the south half of the taxiway on the west side of the runway at Friedman Memorial moved 70 feet to the west to provide more space between the airport's runways and taxiways.

The next phase, which will require a similar shutdown in the spring of 2015, will see the airport's north taxiway moved further from the runway. The project will also include the moving of aircraft parking and the destruction of some of the airport's hangars.

Officials at Friedman Memorial Airport told the Times-News that May "is our slow time of the year."