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One Giant Leap for the Telluride Regional Airport

One small step for history-making former astronaut Neil Armstrong – actually a few small steps off a commercial airplane and across the tarmac directly to a ribbon cutting ceremony – was one large leap for the Telluride Regional Airport, which celebrated the completion of Phase 2 of a four-phase runway improvement project on Thursday, Dec. 17 with a grand reopening celebration and Armstrong as its guest of honor.

The $23 million phase closed the airport for seven months, during which time peak crews of up to 85 workers rearranged more than 1 million cubic yards of dirt, leveling the concave dip in the banana-shaped runway that helped earn TEX its reputation as one of the most challenging mountain airports in the nation.

In a surprise announcement on Thursday evening, the airport board announced that the airport will henceforth be called The Telluride Regional Airport at Micetic Field, after John Micetic, their chairman for the last 24 years (and counting.)