Red Oak Municipal Airport near Council Bluffs, Iowa, has
received a grant worth nearly a quarter million dollars for
construction of a new taxiway. The grant will pay for most of the
grading, paving, and lighting required for the project.
The taxiway will be parallel to the airport's east-west
crosswind runway, according the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil. Red
Oak Airport Manager Gail Ernst said the new taxiway will allow
arriving aircraft to clear the active runway more efficiently. Red
Oak serves mostly general aviation, but can handle light corporate
jets. Ernst said the new taxiway will make the airport more
attractive to the business aviation community, as well as transient
A previous grant allowed the airport to extend it's east-west
runway, but pilots landing to the west had to turn around on the
runway and taxi on the active back to the east to reach the ramp.
The new taxiway will eliminate that problem, she said.
Ernst told the Nonpareil that she hopes the new taxiway will
bring business to her airport, and to the city of Council Bluffs.
“Once they land they are usually looking for fuel and they
may stay in Red Oak to eat, shop or stay overnight,” Ernst
said. “A good airport is like a front door to our