Columbia Regional Airport’s development enlargement has led to issues with scheduling constitution flights for the MU soccer group.
MU soccer coach Eliah Drinkwitz mentioned at a information convention Tuesday the group had “a little bit little bit of a snafu due to the Columbia Airport being beneath development proper now.”
For Saturday’s sport in Lexington, Kentucky, Drinkwitz mentioned half of the group’s journey get together will fly out of St. Louis and the opposite half will fly out of Columbia.
“Probably none of us can fly again to Columbia, relying on the climate and the load restrict on the aircraft,” Drinkwitz mentioned.
The development is meant so as to add flights to the airport and assist to deliver guests into Columbia, the Missourian reported. These additions embody attainable flights to airports reminiscent of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Columbia Regional Airport introduced the enlargement in March 2015. Building formally started in summer season 2020. The enlargement is predicted to be accomplished in 2022.
“An extended runway will permit plane longer distances for take offs and landings, which is very useful throughout inclement climate,” airport supervisor Mike Parks wrote in an e-mail.
Regardless of latest development, Parks mentioned the runways are open, however availability for outdoor constitution flights could differ.
“Charters and all different plane make selections about flights based mostly on runway and facility availability and their particular plane efficiency,” Parks mentioned.
The Chamber of Commerce additionally makes use of the airport to fly out of the Columbia for enterprise. Lily White, Vice President for Exterior Affairs, mentioned the Chamber was not warned to count on delays in constitution flights as a result of enlargement.
Regardless of Drinkwitz’s concern, the MU Division of Athletics has but to voice any issues relating to journey delays for any group as a result of latest development.