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Scottsdale Airport Reopens After Runway Renovations

After being closed for most of July for major runway repairs, the Scottsdale Airport is resumed operations Saturday.

The Scottsdale Airport is one of the busiest single-runway facilities in the country, with over 180,000 operations in 2019. 

The airport runway was built nearly a mile long in the 1960s, extended in the '80s, and widened in the year 2000.

July’s renovations were the first major runway repairs in the airport’s history, paid for by an $11 million federal grant. City officials say the bulk of repairs finished ahead of schedule. 

The project will not be fully completed until the end of September, but the remaining improvements will be done overnight, and not impede airport operations.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.