Big plans ahead for unused Sunport runway

Posted at: 05/02/2013 6:35 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Big plans – not big planes – are in the works for the old north-south runway at the Albuquerque Sunport; plans that include a business park and retail space.

It’s old 17-35, the runway that the Sunport officially de-commissioned last year. Commercial planes quit using it long before that. It’s not just the runway, but the taxiways and all of the ground around it – about 80 acres in all. It’s beautifully leveled land with great runway access. Sunport planners are hoping to bring in aviation businesses.

“Whether it be manufacturing, whether it be suppliers, maintenance and repair organizations, these types of activities are absolutely perfect for this site,’ said Sunport associate director Jack Scherer.

At the north end of the old runway is Gibson Boulevard, a major arterial with heavy traffic.

“We do have access to Gibson Boulevard here and it would make a potential area for some retail – a convenience store, a gas station, something like that,” said Sunport spokesperson Dan Jiron.

The project is very much in the drawing-board stages right now. It may take a few years to fully develop, but it’s starting now.