Air Traffic to Slow at Kansas City Airport for Construction

March 5, 2006 - Posted at 12:17 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Major construction begins tomorrow at

Kansas City's downtown airport.

The work at the 79-year-old Wheeler Downtown Airport is expected

to shut down 60 percent of the air traffic for about three months.

The airport will be closed to all jets but will remain open to

single-engine and light twin-engine planes.

The 70 million dollar project will lengthen the runway and

create new hangars, among other efforts.

Airport officials say Wheeler is one of the busiest corporate

aviation airports in the country.

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