Atchison Plan May Hinder Leavenworth-Area Airport

In this photo released by the Media Affairs Division of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Qantas pilot Capt. John Francis Bartels looks at the right wing damaged fuselage of Qantas Airways Boeing 747-400 after it made an emergency landing Friday July 25, 2008 in Manila, Philippines. The plane en route to Australia from London made an emergency stop in Manila on Friday and airport authorities discovered a big hole in the Boeing 747-400's fuselage near the right wing. (AP Photo/Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Edwin Loobrera, HO)
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ Leavenworth County officials are talking about building a public airport there, but plans in nearby Atchison could block it.

The County Commission has approved a study of whether building a public airport would be justified. The county, its Port Authority and the cities of Basehor, Lansing, Leavenworth and Tonganoxie have agreed to spend $100,000.

Leavenworth County has private airfields, and some civilian traffic is allowed at Fort Leavenworth.

And this week, County Administrator Heather Morgan relayed what could be bad news to the Port Authority.

Atchison has proposed a $12.5 million expansion of its airport.

Morgan told the Leavenworth Times, ``If Atchison was to expand its airport, we would be too close.''

Information from: Leavenworth Times,

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