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Rutland airport gets new name

Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Neale Lunderville was in town last week to help rename the Rutland State Airport. The airports new moniker is the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport.

State officials and more than 100 spectators were on hand to witness the unveiling of the renamed facility.

Guests were able to view an artist's rendition of a new sign that airport officials plan to erect at the Route 103 entrance to the airport.

Local businessman and private pilot Joseph Giancola, Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras, Tom Donahue, executive director of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and Lunderville made the first flight from the newly named airport.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and the Rutland Regional Transportation Council labored over a year on the new name.

Lunderville signed a letter addressed to the Federal Aviation Administration that will make the name change official.

Except for Burlingtons airport, the airport in Rutland is the only airfield in the state that operates commercially.

Almost 42,000 flights in and out of the airport were recorded in 2006.

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