Kent State Could Close Stow Airport

STOW, Ohio (AP) - Kent State is talking with local and federal officials about possibly closing the 300-acre university airport.

U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette told the Akron Beacon Journal that the discussion was prompted by neighbors' safety concerns and the lack of room for airport expansion.

The airport is surrounded by commercial and residential developments.

LaTourette said that the airport land is very valuable and could be developed.

Kent State's flight program has about 200 students and is the largest in Ohio. LaTourette said that the school could be moved to the Portage County Regional Airport, just north of Ravenna.

That airport has a newly paved 3,500-foot runway and taxiway, with room for expansion. Kent State's runway is 4,000 feet.

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