Lighting system makes airport ‘competitive’

The Williamsport Regional Airport has updated its airfield to include a medium intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator lights, known as MALSR, making it competitive with surrounding airports, said Thomas Hart, executive director.

“Basically, what that means is an aircraft will be able to arrive at this airport much easier during inclement weather conditions,” Hart told the authority board Thursday.

The upgrade was tested and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, bringing the airport back into compliance with federal regulations.

“So this makes us competitive to every airport around us now,” said Frank Pellegrino, board member.

“Yes, it does,” Hart confirmed.

In another matter, the board will soon go out to bid in search of a

contractor to construct the concession area in the new terminal building. Water, electric and plumbing already are in place, Hart said.

Simply Savor Cafe, on Washington Boulevard, will inhabit the space under the name Simply Savor on the Fly.

Hart is pushing to have an open house and grand opening celebration at the new terminal in August, and hopes the concession area will be completed by then, he said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a $290,988 payment to Fourth River Company for work on the fuel farm relocation project.

• Approved a $134,411 payment to HRI Inc. for work on the taxiway echo relocation.

• Approved a $266,145 payment to Bronder Technical Services for work on the lighting system and the electrical control vault.

The next meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. May 9 at the airport.