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Defuniak Springs Airport Set To Expand

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They've got their eyes to the skies and shovels in the ground at the Defuniak Springs Municipal Airport with plans to grow alongside the budding community.

Airport and City Manager, Sara Bowers said they are excited for the future of their facility that means so much to Defuniak Springs and the surrounding community.

"This is really, for the city of Defuniak, our economic hub. We don't have any industrial land, currently, other than the airport and we now have two sites that we have submitted for a cite certification and evaluation. We have been invited to proceed with the certification phase. We are definitely excited about that," she said.

There's long term and short term plans.

This week, they break ground on 10 new T-hangars to house an additional 20 planes. 2 more are expected in the future, coming in at $360,000 per hangar.

80% of the funding is coming from the Florida Department of Transportation. The FDOT is also paving the way for a new access road.

By 2018, Bowers said they hope to see a longer runway. They are already working with the federal aviation administration to approve an expansion to 5 thousand feet.

The discussion has started with Eglin Air Force Base about air space and the desire to, one day, build a north south runway.

All this, bowers hopes, will set up the Defuniak Springs Airport as a future hub for business, with one goal in mind.

"Economic growth, businesses to be able to come to the area. Airbus is moving to Mobile and off shoot businesses that provide to airbus. Our site is obviously a viable option," said Bowers.

Currently the Defuniak Springs Airport is the only general aviation facility in Walton County.