Airport improvements necessary for safety

January 22, 2011 

The mandated safety requirements for Hilton Head Island Airport are once again under attack from certain readers, who obviously think that the island has no need for air service.

Recent comments suggest, wrongly of course, that this facility is maintained for private aircraft. Tens of thousands of passengers use the airport every year both for business and the pleasure of visiting the island.

The required trimming of trees and extension of the runway are safety measures if the airport is to continue as a major service to Hilton Head. To suggest that this process is a waste of money is like suggesting that stoplights and other traffic measures are a waste of public funds. No one is trimming trees or laying concrete for the fun of it. It is required to maintain the safety record of our airport and to ensure that commercial airlines continue to serve us.

Geoff Wheatley Hilton Head Island

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