January 19, 2004 - Posted at 11:12 a.m. CDT
FORREST CITY, AR - A new panel is exploring whether to build a single airport to serve Forrest City and Wynne, a move that some officials say will help bring new industry to the area.
Forrest City in St. Francis County and Wynne in Cross County each have their own airports. Combining resources for a single airport to serve the east Arkansas communities could bring about an airport with more amenities than the existing facilities have.
Officials say the area needs longer runways that can accomodate corporate jets or larger twin-engine aircraft.
The airport could cost $15 million and take seven years to build. The federal government would pay 90 percent of the cost, with the state and cities putting up the rest.