Clearing snow a big problem for airports

Tom Jackson
Feb 24, 2014
Think it’s inconvenient when several inches of snow covers your driveway? Try dealing with snow at an airport.

Erie-Ottawa International Airport tries to stay open 24 hours a day, so when a snowstorm hits, a crew is sent out to clear the runways, taxiways, roads and parking lots, airport manager Stan Gebhardt said. 

One runway is 100 feet wide and another is 75 feet wide, and they both have to be completely cleared of snow, he said. “About nine miles has to be plowed,” he said. The snow plowing is an expense for the airport, but the cold winter also has helped the airport. The revival of ice fishing has helped fuel air travel to the islands, he said.