The city of Manassas will cut the ribbon on the newly extended, 6,200-foot runway at Manassas Regional Airport on Wednesday.
The ribbon cutting is days after the inaugural takeoff and landing from the runway, known as 16L-34R.
Manassas Mayor Hal J. Parrish II was on board the Metropolitan Aviation Hawker 800XP when it made its six minute flight around the airport and landed on the runway to the sound of cheers of everyone on board.
This runway extension project has been more than 10 years in the making and comes as a welcome accomplishment for the airport and for aviators around the area, Manassas city officials said.
This 6,200 foot runway means that aircraft taking off and landing at the Manassas Regional Airport will now have increased safety, especially in inclement weather. The extended runway will actually help reduce noise for the surrounding area to the north. Additionally, most aircraft can maximize their take-off capabilities on the hottest summer days and full of fuel.
Six thousand two hundred is a magic number to corporate aviators, thus ushering the Manassas Regional Airport into a new aviation arena.
“The Manassas Regional Airport is a great asset to the City of Manassas and surrounding Prince William County,” Manassas city manager John Budesky, said. “The economic impact alone is an asset, but the airport also serves as a transportation hub for our area.”
In 2010 an independent economic impact study done by the Virginia Department of Aviation reported that the Manassas Regional Airport has contributed more than $234.6 million in overall economic activity, generated more than $69 million in payroll and created more than 1,056 jobs for the economies of the City of Manassas and Prince William County.