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Busy Wyoming airport serving parks to close for runway work

November 30, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s busiest airport will close for more than two months next year during a $42 million runway reconstruction project.

Jackson Hole Airport in the southern end of Grand Teton is the only major U.S. commercial airport surrounded by a national park. The airport brings visitors to Grand Teton and Yellowstone and the area’s ski resorts.

The airport will close in mid-April for 78 days, from the relatively quiet spring season until well into the busy summer season.

The federal Airport Improvement Program will pay for the project, during which a new storm water system will be installed, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

The Jackson airport accounted for almost 70% of air travel to Wyoming in 2020. The Casper airport was second with 11.5%.

Northwestern Wyoming has been busy with tourism. Yellowstone and Grand Teton both broke visitor records this year.