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New contracts, new business for Potsdam municipal airport

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POTSDAM — Two contracts for private businesses have been approved for the village of Potsdam’s Municipal Airport to allow the facility to handle larger planes and host charter flights.

Village officials expect the developments will also increase air traffic.

Village Administrator David H. Fenton said at a Monday afternoon meeting of the Potsdam Village Board that the existing hangar will be modified to accommodate larger aircraft, which he said are getting bigger sooner than expected.

“Development is happening out there a little faster than we thought,” said Mr. Fenton.

A Saranac Lake based business also plans to build a private hangar in order to run charter flights and may open a mechanic shop to perform service checks. The hangar is expected to open by mid fall.

“If that starts, that’s going to probably increase the traffic at the airport dramatically,” said Mr. Fenton, who expects fuel sales to rise.

Mr. Fenton and Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis will meet at the airport Tuesday morning with state Department of Transportation Regional Director Steven G. Kokkoris to review progress.

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