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Ohio University receives $2.5 million in state funding for airport improvements

Gordon K. Bush Airport at Ohio University has been awarded $2.5 million in state funding to support improvements to its existing 12,000-square-foot box hangar space that will strategically enhance the airport’s commercial capabilities and help serve as a catalyst for increased regional economic growth.

“This funding will not only help strengthen OHIO’s role as an economic engine for the region – it will also foster opportunities for continued growth and development in Southeast Ohio and beyond,” said Ohio University President Lori Stewart Gonzalez. “We are extremely grateful to both State Representative Jay Edwards for his leadership in securing the funding and State Senator Brian Chavez for his support of this transformational project in the Senate.”

Linking air transport to economic growth

Gordon K. Bush Airport, located less than three miles from a new industrial park in Albany, Ohio, and near a rail spur, currently offers a 6,458-square-foot terminal and numerous fixed operator (FBO) services, including fuel, mechanical and limited rentable hangar space positioning it to serve as a transportation hub for commercial and private entities that help support Athens County and the surrounding region.

The new state funding is intended to further enhance the airport’s existing service offerings by focusing on improvements to the existing box hangar, which currently houses privately owned aircraft and the Ohio University Aviation Program’s training fleet. Such improvements are expected to include numerous building improvements, including a new roof, siding and doors, along with various heating and lighting upgrades.

These improvements are intended to create a safe, climate-controlled environment that will help attract both private and commercial entities desiring modern hangar space in the heart of Appalachia.

Further planned airport improvements

The $2.5 million in state funding follows the Ohio University Board of Trustees’ approval of a June 2024 resolution to create a safe and secure storage facility for university-owned and private aircraft. This $1.9 million project will provide new hangar space for 16 aircraft while allowing for future renovations to the existing hangar space.

Additional information about Ohio University’s Gordon K. Bush Airport is available online at ohio.edu/airport.

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