Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Hayden If you wanted to catch a quick flight out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport Wednesday or today, you were out of luck. The Hayden airport has been closed so crews can paint the runway.
"We give the airlines a month notice so they can re-route their planes," Operations Supervisor Burt VerHaar said.
But there are always people who want to fly at the last minute.
VerHaar said he had to tell one caller Wednesday to head for the Denver airport.
Private plane owners get the same information from the nationwide "Notice to Airmen" that they must check immediately before their flights.
VerHaar estimates the runway has to be painted every two years because of the rubber marks left by the tires as planes come to a stop.
"It leaves a long strip of rubber on the runway. This tends to blot out the runway markings," VerHaar said.
The airport will be back in business at 8 p.m. today.
"That will allow the United Express/Air Wisconsin overnight aircraft to arrive, so it will be ready for its early morning departure," Aviation Director Jim Parker said.