Thomasville airport receives funding for runway work

David Weissman

York Aviation received nearly $650,000 in state funding to repave its runway, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf's office.

The single-runway Thomasville airport is the nation's largest privately owned, public-use airport, according to its website.

Mark Tomlinson, the airport's general manager, said the resurfacing project is to help ensure smooth landings for jets, which tend to land at higher speeds.

A small jet takes off from York Aviation in Thomasville in this 2014 file photo. The airport recently received nearly $650,000 in state funding to resurface its runaway.

Tim Tate, the airport's president, said the runway was last resurfaced, in phases, during the mid 1990s.

This funding will allow the airport to resurface the south half of its runway while it waits for additional state funding to be approved, Tate said.

Tomlinson didn't know when the resurfacing would take place, but he predicted the project would likely cause the runway to close for three or four days.

Tate said the timing would depend on the York County Planning Commission, which is in the process of soliciting bids for the work.

According to the website, York Aviation was set to begin a three-phase, $1.8 million project to resurface its airstrip this summer.

York Aviation was one of 23 airports in the state to receive a total of $8.8 million in state investments to make safety upgrades and expand operation opportunities, according to the release.

Lancaster Airport received $200,000 to build three new box hangars.