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Published June 15, 2011, 05:10 PM

TRF Airport Gets $1.6 Million for Runway Extension

The Thief River Falls Regional Airport has been awarded $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for an extension of the runway, Congressman Collin Peterson said in a news release Wednesday.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

The Thief River Falls Regional Airport has been awarded $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for an extension of the runway, Congressman Collin Peterson said in a news release Wednesday.

“With the growth of both Digi-Key and the UAV program at Northland College, this airport expansion is important to the Thief River Falls regional economy,” Peterson said. “A runway extension will allow Digi-Key and Northland to continue their growth and ultimately help create more jobs for the region.”

Digi-Key Corporation, which currently employs over 2,050 people, soon will require a Boeing 757-200 aircraft to haul their electronic component packages. An aircraft of that size requires a runway that is a minimum of 7,500 feet long.

Both UPS and Fed-Ex will require the runway extension to meet that demand of service. Currently Digi-Key’s freight volume from the Thief River Falls Regional Airport is approximately 1.7 million packages per year. They are anticipating that their growth will exceed 4 million packages in just a few years.

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