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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Ottumwa wants to make airport regional hub

Jun 09, 2014

OTTUMWA (AP) — Ottumwa officials are making plans that could help turn the city airport into a regional cargo hub.

The Ottumwa Courier says plans are in place to lengthen the 5,900-foot main runway to between 7,200 and 7,300 feet.

City Administrator Joe Helfenberger says the city also wants the airport to have a satellite customs office and a duty-free designation.

A customs office in Ottumwa would let companies fly items directly to Ottumwa from outside the country, saving them a stop on the way. The duty-free designation could grant exemptions from state and federal taxes for items that move through the airport. That, too, could lure companies that ship items internationally.

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