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Badger Club Holds Discussion on Future of Vista Field Airport in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Local and state leaders were part of a panel on Friday, all centered around what could happen to Vista Field.

The Port of Kennewick is waiting to get results back from a Long Term Air Transportation Study from the state. That's set to be done in early July.

Kennewick City Major, Tom Moak was very vocal about his take on the future of the airport. He says it should close because it doesn't add to the quality of life and economic development of the city.

Staff from the state say the study will look at many aspects, the economy included.

"Generally what we've found is that airports contribute to business, and business climate," said John Shambaugh, Senior Planner for the WSDOT Aviation.

Tri-City business man Carl Cadwell gave a quick presentation in which he talked about plans to build a larger hangar area and some upscale townhouses.

Staff from the state say the period for public comment on the study ended on Friday. The next chance to give your input will be on May 26th, as the Aviation Planning Council meets in Seattle.

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