A local airport facing closure has gotten a reprieve – for now.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority agreed to a six-month extension of the April 22 deadline for deciding Braden Airpark’s future.
The airport, in Forks Township, is used by general aviation pilots and has been facing growing financial uncertainty. This year, the airport’s estimated operational loss is $75,000, said Charles Everett, executive director of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
The board agreed to set up an ad hoc committee to look at all possible options, Everett said.
“Braden Airpark has to break even,” Everett said. Alternatives include selling the land and keeping it as an airport or distributing the expense of operating Braden over three airports, which would include Queen City Airport in Allentown and Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
“It’s under consideration, and we’ll look at it some more,” Everett said. “We evaluated it and we made some recommendations. We will work diligently so we can make a decision in six months.”