ST. GEORGE – This Wednesday morning a Delta Airlines charter Boeing 757-200, one of the largest commercial passenger planes in existence, will grace the runways of St. George Municipal Airport.
The Boeing 757 will be the largest charter-flight to land in St. George since the facility first opened in Jan., 2011; however, the municipal airport has seen large military-class aircraft land, most recently in May when the Marine Corps 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit held training exercises in St. George.
The new, expanded airport has been bringing more people into the city.
“Since we’ve opened up, our charter business has picked up 40 percent,” said Brad Kitchen, lead operations supervisor at St. George Municipal Airport. “The airport continues to grow.”
At the old airport, it would not have been possible to host large charter flights, Kitchen said.
A busy airport is good for business here in St. George.
“When an aircraft lands with 250 people,” Kitchen said, “that’s a huge shot to the economy with the money they spend out in the community in restaurants and hotels. That’s potentially 250 (hotel) rooms they are renting out here.”
The flight was chartered by Stampin’ Up!, a Kanab-based scrapbooking and crafts vendor. Stampin’ Up! is flying in over 200 of its top demonstrators from around the world to see the area and tour their manufacturing facilities in Kanab.
If you like airplanes and you’d like to see the 757 land, it is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning at 9:20 a.m., at the Saint George Municipal Airport, located at 4550 S. Airport Pkwy in St George.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
Updated July 24, 2013: Featured image replaces first published which was flipped for perspective, displaying the logo in the negative.
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