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The Columbus Municipal airport’s business has increased since adding a direct flight to Detroit in November. But residents living near the airport have begun voicing concerns over large cargo plane traffic that tends to come into the area late at night.
John and Jeanette Menter have lived a mile from the Columbus airport for almost ten years. John Menter works out of his home and has always noticed the air traffic, but he says it only became disruptive in the past week.
“And for the most part our familiarity with this airport has been small private planes, and you know and that has never been a problem, but when you got cargo jets every fifteen minutes taking off at a time and at all hours of the night, then you’ve got a problem,” he says.
Airport Director Rod Blasdel says demand for the airports services have increased because local businesses are shipping more products out of the area.
“Primarily what it is is local industry, because they’re ramping up so quickly, that putting trucks on the road does not get the parts to their customers in time so consequently that they have to hire air carriers to transport those parts to countries and in the United States,” he says.
Blasdel says there are not any real restrictions on the airport and just about any type of aircraft can be accommodated.
He says in light of the complaints and because the airport is open 24 hours a day, they have implemented noise abatement procedures. But he says increased traffic is good for the airport and the region’s economy.