Thursday, March 10, 2016

Runway project will force Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (KITH) to close for two weeks this summer

Got flights scheduled in or out of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport this July? Don't be so sure. A runway resurfacing project will force the airport to close for two weeks.

"The runway has not been resurfaced in 22 years, and we want to create the safest, best experience for you," said airport officials in a statement this afternoon.

The project will require the airport to be closed from 8pm on July 8th until 5am on July 23rd. "We have a team that will be working 24 hours a day to resurface the runway" during that time, officials say.

Airlines are not required to tell travelers about flight schedule changes -- including cancellations -- until 90 days before, so travelers who currently have flights booked during the affected time may not hear for another few weeks that their plans are changing whether they like it or not. In fact, airlines are still accepting flight reservations for flights in and out of Ithaca during the two weeks the airport will be closed.

We suggest not waiting -- call your airline immediately to ask about options for rebooking flights via different airports or on different dates. Otherwise, flights may simply be canceled without warning.

Original article can be found here:  http://today.14850.com

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