Commercial flights likely to remain absent at Purdue airport

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP): Purdue University Airport’s runways are the second-busiest in Indiana, but the facility’s departing director says she doesn’t expect the return of commercial flights anytime soon.

Airport director Betty Stansbury tells the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier that the 20-year master plan for the airport doesn’t make contingencies for commercial air service. She doesn’t think that will change after she leaves to become executive director of The Pitt-Greenville Airport in North Carolina.

Stansbury says it’s difficult to attract interest from airlines since the airport’s last commercial flight in 2004 followed a long string of carriers unable to make a profit.
The airport has been focusing on physical improvements, research and education, rather than courting commercial airlines.

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