Cleveland Regional Jetport opening is voted No. 2 story of year’s Top 10
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Banner file photo, HOWARD PIERCE THE OPENING of the Cleveland Regional Jetport, along with the closing of the old Hardwick Field, dominated the travel news headlines for Bradley County in 2013. The jetport and airport stories finished as the area’s No. 2 story in the Top 10 Newsmakers of the Year, as voted by members of the Cleveland Daily Banner news team.
The Cleveland Regional Jetport opened for business in 2013.

Coverage of the event was voted the No. 2 story in the Cleveland Daily Banner news team’s Top 10 Newsmakers of 2013.

The new airport officially opened in January with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Everything out here meets or exceeds federal standards,” said airport design engineer Mark Paslick of Franklin. “It is the first LED airport. When the lights are on, they’re operating at 10 percent.”

Much time and money had gone into planning for the facility over several years.

According to information previously published by the Cleveland Daily Banner, “the new airport was not cheap. The total cost, as of Jan. 22, was $42.320 million. The state and federal share was $36.376 million. The city’s share was $5.943 million. The cost was split between the federal and state, and local governments through a mix of matching grants ranging in percentages from 50/50 to 95/5 shares. Terminal building construction and furnishings cost $1.928 million. The state and city each contributed $350,000 for a total of $700,000 for the terminal. The Airport Authority [was] responsible for raising the remaining $1.228 million through private donations.”

The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority received three 95/5 percent matching grants for the jetport and closing Hardwick Field. The state share was $214,035. The city of Cleveland’s share was $11,265.

The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority selected Crystal Air as the jetport’s Fixed Base Operator.

In August, seven Whirlpool corporate jets landed at the jetport. The company held a corporate meeting at the jetport terminal building.

“This facility is incredible. It’s one of the nicest FBO’s I’ve been to, to tell you the truth,” Whirlpool Chief Pilot John Butler said.

The jetport is nearly a year old and know sees corporate air traffic almost daily.

Local business owners such as Wright Brothers Construction and Jones Airways, as well as Voice of Evangelism have hangars on the site.

Hangars filled up fast for recreational pilots at the new Cleveland Regional Jetport.

Despite being designed to hold twice the number of private recreational planes than had been housed at Hardwick Field, the hangars are full, said Cleveland Regional Jetport director of operations Mark Fidler.

Hardwick Field had 10 T-hangars.

“It’s kind of like bringing everybody home to their new home now,” Fidler said. “I look forward to getting to know the people who are moving in and establishing relationships with those people.”

Two buildings newly constructed at the jetport hold 10 planes each.

Fidler said revenue from fuel sales — both jet fuel and recreational plane fuel — have exceeded expectations.

Next on the enhancement schedule for the Cleveland Regional Jetport is extending the runway by 500 feet.