JH Airport sets closure dates for spring 2022 runway reconstruction

JACKSON, Wyo. — In the spring of 2022, the Jackson Hole Airport (JH Airport) will be closed for a period of close to three months, from April 11, 2022, until June 27, 2022.

Back in November of 2020, the Jackson Hole Airport announced that they were going to schedule runway reconstruction.

Jim Elwood, Executive Director of Jackson Hole Airport explained that the renovations to take place are crucial and necessary.

“Every twenty to twenty-five years a major rebuild is necessary to any runway. We regret the closure, and it will likely impact a number of travelers, but it’s necessary,” said Elwood.

With concerns about travel and tourism during this time, Elwood said that they planned for these months specifically because it shows the lowest numbers of travel in and out of Jackson.

“We’ve had some limited conversations with other adjacent commercial airports to help support the needs of travelers. I do want to emphasize we’ve compressed the timelines to the smallest number of days possible and the time of year chosen is the lowest activity at the airport”

Though considered to be the valley’s “off-season” with lower numbers of tourists, the area still receives a lot of airline travelers during the months of April, May, and June. Sourcing data prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 906 flights landed at the Jackson Hole Airport in April, May, and June of 2019. 82,897 passengers boarded flights at the Jackson Hole airport during these three months, and 91,302 arrived in Jackson Hole.

Specific renovations to be done include new runway lights and updated drainage, however, the physical dimensions of the runway will not change.

“We will be removing not only the top surface of the runway but also the sub base and using those materials for reprocessing in order to minimize truck traffic and any other need of supplies. We want to minimize the impact on the community,” said Elwood.

The project is budgeted between $25-35 million and construction will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week between the first and last day of closure. The majority of the funding comes from grants by the Federal Aviation Administration and the State of Wyoming Division of Aeronautics. No local sales or property tax money will be used for the project.

The Board also gave the go-ahead to proceed with initial designs for two-terminal improvement projects, as well as updates to the security screening checkpoint and the restaurant area. The projects inside the Airport are slated to be completed while the runaway is being reconstructed.

The last time significant renovations were made to JH Airport were in 1970.

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