Saturday, April 21, 2012

Opinion/Letter: Use Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (KXLL) expansion to benefit region - Pennsylvania

April 21, 2012 

The possibility that Queen City Airport might receive a federal grant to expand could be used as part of expanding the airport's economic influence in the area. After all, people who fly in and out of the airport probably bring money, hunger, thirst and interest in the Lehigh Valley along with them. With this thought in mind, could the airport authority include a new restaurant in the expansion? Or possibly a ground shuttle service to downtown Allentown or Bethlehem restaurants and destinations like Dorney Park, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, SteelStacks or IronPigs games? How about encouraging a small, short-hop airline to provide service to other smaller regional airports?

I think if the smart folks who run the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority put their heads together and think creatively, they could foster the unique benefits of having a private-plane airport in the third largest city in the state, which could bring long-lasting economic benefits to the area.

Craig Krivin

Lower Milford Township


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