Winter Adds Up To Big Bills For Eastern Iowa Airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Eastern Iowa Airport has handled 25 snow events through Monday, raising costs significantly to keep runways and taxiways open and parking lots cleared for travelers.

Donald Swanson, director of finance and administration, told the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission on Monday that the bill for deicing fluid, fuel and overtime will be substantially higher than it was last year.

"So far, through January, we've spent $106,021 for the deicing fluid that we buy for our runways and ramp," Swanson said. "Last year at this time, we were at $12,306."