Columbia’s Interim City Manager John Glascock announced in a press conference today [Monday] the Columbia Regional Airport will close for one week to address airline concerns about the runway.
In a press conference, Glascock said the concern was regarding the “crown” where runway 2-20 intersects runway 13-31. The crown helps drain water off the runway, but can cause the feeling of hitting a bump on takeoff or landing.
Glascock said that even though the runway is FAA compliant, the city wants to address the pilots safety concerns.
The plan will be to close the runway tomorrow [Tuesday] to begin modifying the elevation of the crown. Additional minor modifications will be made to the crown that will allow for a smoother take off and landing.
The airport is expected to reopen on April 16.