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Erie Airport Reappoints Executive Director

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Erie International Airport's Executive Director has signed on for six more years, after successfully heading the four year runway extension project.

We met up with Chris Rodgers to talk about his plans for the future of our airport for the next 6 years and beyond.

After two shorter contracts, the Erie Regional Airport Authority is showing their confidence in Chris Rodgers by signing him on for a longer six year term.

Rodgers got the news on Friday and already he's sharing his vision for a larger, more convenient Erie airport.

The completion of the runway extension was a big success for Rodgers and his team, and he hopes that momentum propels them forward into new, even bigger undertakings.

He's preparing to put together a 20 year master plan, which he'll with the board, staff, and a consulting team.  That'll begin next year.

Rodgers said upcoming airport projects will include public and political involvement, and it sounds like the airport is definitely expanding more than just the runway.

"We think there's gonna be talk about a new terminal building, new parking garage for the parking lot out there," said Rodgers. But that's just for starters.

"I still would like to see a new air traffic control tower, an air cargo facility, a new maintenance and fire bay for our guys out doing the airfield and maintenance work, lots of capital improvement needs," he said. 

A big question still facing Rodgers is will Erie add another airline? Rodgers said that high fuel prices are making that a difficult call right now, but he says Erie is in a more competitive position to add an airline with the new runway.

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