FAA Squelches Park City, Kan. Airport

An effort to build an airport in Park City has ended because of lack of approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

In an April 1 letter to the airport's developer, Dan Claassen, the FAA said it would have an adverse impact on air traffic at surrounding airports.

The letter said instrument landings at the proposed Coliseum Airpark would conflict with operations at Wichita's Mid-Continent and Jabara airports, and Newton City/County Airport.

"The potential for adverse impact on the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic in this congested area originates from the proposed location," the letter said.

The Park City Council was to consider a rezoning request for land for the airport at Tuesday's meeting, but the item has been pulled from the agenda, said Jack Whitson, the city's director of planning and economic development.

"It's dead," Whitson said.

The FAA originally listed several conditions that would have allowed "safe and efficient" operation of the airport. But in a March 3 letter it deemed the airport "objectionable" after receiving additional information from the Wichita traffic control tower.

The April 1 letter said its position remained the same in spite of revised plans for the airport.

The airport, which was planned as an aviation business industrial park, had drawn opposition from residents who live near the proposed site.

Backers said the airport would have served area businesses and enhanced efforts to draw people to a proposed casino and Wild West theme park in the area.

"The concept was pretty sound," Whitson said. "Everything we heard is that it would've been successful."

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