The newspaper's message in its opinion piece of Jan. 24 appears to be this: There is growing demand for passenger traffic to our part of the world, but the Hilton Head Island Airport can't handle it.
That message is absolutely true -- for now.
The newspaper knows our airport's size does not allow aircraft flown by major airlines to land here. That can be fixed by extending the runway and making navigational improvements. Until that happens, the aircraft most widely used in markets like ours simply cannot land here.
The newspaper says the Beaufort County Airports Board is "putting all of (its) eggs in one basket." Is there another "basket"? There is no other rational way to change the airport in a way that will make the island an option for major airlines.
Our island is blessed with many talented individuals who understand that improving airline service will attract talent and resources and concomitant economic growth. The alternative is for Hilton Head to continue to slip backward as a pretty but hard-to-get-to destination resort that is stuck on the image of what it once was rather than a community that is beautiful and vibrant.
The newspaper regularly supports actions to bring economic activity, cultural advancement and new sources of income to fund Hilton Head's prosperity.
Plans to upgrade the airport are consistent with each of these goals.
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