Sunday, November 22, 2020

Dona Ana County International Jetport (KDNA) runway gets $9 million facelift

SANTA TERESA - After a year of nonstop construction, the Doña Ana County International Jetport runway at 8014 Airport Road is complete and is now being used.

The planning and designing process first began in 2017 but it was not until October 2019 when construction crews hit the ground running with the development of the new runway.

The old runaway was built in 1983 in three sections, each with a different and uneven weight capacity — the center section was 20,000 pounds; the west section 64,000 pounds; and east section 94,000 pounds. Grants totaling $9 million from the New Mexico State Legislature Capital Outlay, with support from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and New Mexico Aviation Division helped give the old runway a much needed update.

“It looks really good and all three sections are now nice and even,” said Jetport Manager William Provance. “We are really excited about it.”

The new runway is 9,950 feet long and 75 feet wide and can accommodate a 94,000-pound aircraft, which is equivalent to a Boeing 737-300 series. Included in the $9 million were the replacement of regular lights with LED lights, new runway wiring and lighting control systems.

The Doña Ana County International Jetport is a full-service general aviation airport serving southern Doña Ana County and the El Paso area. The jetport currently houses 141 aircraft, 19 of which are corporate jets, 32 corporate aircraft hangars and eight sets of T-hangars.

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