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In operation since 1928, Columbia Regional Airport is located south of Columbia. It is owned and operated by the city and is overseen by a 13-member advisory board. Airline service is provided by Delta Air Lines.
11300 South Airport Drive
Columbia Regional Airport opened in 1928 on land that is now Cosmo Park. In 1962, a study was conducted to evaluate the airport’s expansion needs. Suggestions from the Federal Aviation Administration resulted in the relocation of the airport and appropriate expansion for it to serve as a regional airport for all of mid-Missouri. This allowed for the airport to accommodate larger planes, and by moving to a new location, flight service to Columbia was not interrupted during construction. Construction began on Aug. 11, 1967, and the new airport opened in December 1969.
The city owns and operates the airport. A 13-member advisory board keeps track of airport needs and makes recommendations to the City Council. Seven members of the board are appointed by the council, and Boone County, Jefferson City, Fulton and Ashland each also appoint a member.
Andrew Schneider was hired in October 2010 to serve as the airport manager. He replaced Kathy Frerking, who had been the manager the previous four years.
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Updated: March 8, 2013