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Moore County Airport prepared to welcome the golf world

Posted June 11, 2014

— The Moore County Airport is putting its best foot forward to welcome the world of golf for the back-to-back U.S. Open Championships being held at Pinehurst Resort.

“We lengthened our runway,” said Steve Borden, the Moore Country Airport director. “We used to have a 5,500-foot runway. We now have a 6,500-foot runway. That has increased our ability to accept larger airplanes and enhance the safety of the operations of the airport.”

A two-year, multi-million dollar expansion, preparing for an onslaught of golfers, their families and corporate sponsors at the U.S. Open, the renovations are completed in time for the big event.

“It’s incredibly valuable to the players, the fans and also the residents of Moore County because it represents a destination gateway to the Pinehurst Resort which is only five and a half miles from the airport,” Borden explained.

The changes aren't just outside the airport.

“We did some terminal upgrades and reclaimed some underutilized space,” he said. “Walking through the terminal, you’ll notice we’ve really pulled out all the stops, and we’ve got some local companies to help dress up the terminal even more so for the U.S. Open event.”

This airport typically handles between 400 and 600 flights a month. They could see from 2,000 to 4,000 in the next two weeks.

“We brought on a temporary air traffic control tower,” said Borden. “It’s actually a contract company, Air Boss Incorporated.”

As busy as they've been over the last three years to get ready, the real crush starts now.

When will everyone at the airport be able to breathe normally after what is sure to be a hectic two weeks?

“I’m thinking about January of next year,” said Borden through laughter.

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  • Todd Jenkins Jun 11, 2014

    Might have to take a peak at flight aware.com arrivals to see whose on the celebrity list.

  • btneast Jun 12, 2014

    Might have to take a peak at flight aware.com arrivals to see whose on the celebrity list.

    Does that track private aircraft? I doubt any celebrities will be flying commercial.

  • Anita Woody Jun 12, 2014

    I notice that 2 planes from Duke Energy are landing in Southern Pines from Charlotte. I guess it's too far for the Duke Energy execs to drive.

  • heard-it-all-before Jun 12, 2014

    2000-4000... that's insane. i guess flying cars really did come true. just us poor folk didn't get the memo.

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