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Queen City Airport proving its worth

December 22, 2011, 11:39 am

A planning official and real estate executive recently recommended that the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority sell Queen City Airport in Pennsylvania, as he felt the facility would best be used for commercial development.

Lehigh Valley Live reported John Ingram, a member of the city planning commission, said the Queen City Airport could be worth $42 million if the property were to be rezoned commercial and developers obtained project approvals before a sale is finalized. Because the 210-acre property is close to Interstate 78, it could attract retailers such as Nordstrom and Costco.

"Queen City Airport is probably the most valuable piece of real estate in the Lehigh Valley, probably some of the most valuable real estate of its kind in the country," said Ingram.

The Morning Call reported not all residents are happy with the possible sale of the airport. Pilot Robert Kutzler said selling Queen City Airport would not be in the best interest of the airport or aviation community in Lehigh Valley. Queen City Air is valuable to the small plane community, because it allows smaller planes to land without getting in the way of commercial jets like they would if they were directed to LVIA. With this added safety obstacle, small aircraft owners may have even more incentive to obtain pilot insurance.

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