A new airport in Siouxland is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting in the coming weeks.
The Sioux County Regional Airport will show off their new airport November 14 after years of planning, design, and construction, according to a release from the Sioux County Regional Airport Agency.
The $32 million joint project between Orange City, Sioux Center and Sioux County will have a 5,500-foot runway. With it, they will also serve business jets, a parallel taxiway, a terminal, multiple hangars, fueling systems, safety approach lighting, weather observation station, and other airport features. There are also six private hangars and additional leased hangar spaces. Thirty-five airplanes are expected to be housed at the site.
“Partnerships formed over a period of nearly 20 years have allowed us to do a first-class aviation project to serve industry, business, medical, agricultural, charter, private air service, and other travel interests,” said Sioux County Regional Airport Agency Board Chairman Harold Schiebout. “The strong partnership between two communities and the county is the backbone of this project, along with the great partnership we have with the FAA and Iowa DOT.”
Found in Maurice, officials believe the airport will have a positive effect on communities in the area.
“The economic impact will be significant, allowing existing industries and businesses to grow and provide employment by expanding their national reach,” Schiebout said.
Schiebout noted that private fundraising for the project was also very successful, drawing more than $750,000 for safety features and airport enhancements.
The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Sioux County Regional Airport, at 3153 460th Street, Maurice, Iowa, 51036. Lunch and tours will follow from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m