Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport director Stan Gebhardt answered five questions the Register posed to him in response to this inquiry:
Q: Will the east-west runway be lengthened?
SG: There are no plans currently to lengthen the east-west runway at Erie Ottawa Regional Airport.
Q: How many runways does the airport have? How long are they?
SG: The airport has two runways: east-west, 9-27, which is 5,640 feet long; and north-south, 18-36, which is 4,000 feet long.
Q: With the added traffic of Griffing Flying Service coming to the regional airport, are there concerns about handling the extra traffic?
SG: We have no concerns on handling the additional traffic. Griffing has operated all domestic island flights from Erie Ottawa during the winter months for the last several years. In 2012, the airport had over 4,000 flight arrivals.
Q: Are there plans to expand the runways in the near future?
SG: To answer this question accurately we would need to employ our engineering firm. Runway design is engineering intensive. To extend the runway would require land acquisition also. Todays cost (a multimillion-dollar expense) to replace would be staggering.
Q: Is it feasible to expand the runways?
SG: Feasible is a relative word. To extend the runway sufficiently to accommodate larger commercial jets, probably not. The runway length is sufficient to handle most corporate jets currently.