Aviation contributes to the Region’s transportation system. There is now only one public aviation facility located within the Region, the State-owned and operated Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. Fair Haven Municipal Airport, a minor public municipal airport was decommissioned in 2008.
Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport is located approximately seven miles south of Rutland City near the intersection of US 7 and Vermont 103 in the Town of Clarendon. It is classified as a short haul commercial service airport with flights typically less than 500 miles in length. It serves the southern end of the US 7 corridor. As one of ten State-owned public use airports, its management and administrative functions are handled by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Two runways serve the airport; the primary runway (1-19) is 5,000 feet in length and the crosswind runway (13-31) is 3,170 feet in length. Facilities include a terminal building (with restaurant, parking, car rental, and a Transportation Security Administration office), a State Police substation, and a series of airport maintenance, and Civil Air Patrol buildings. There are 40 paved tie downs, 8 unpaved tie downs (for “ultra light” aircraft), 12 T-hangers, 13 conventional hangers, 5 maintenance hangers and over 30,000 square feet of parking apron. Additionally, there is a non-precision instrument approach using a localizer to Runway 19. One full service fixed base operator offers flight instruction, hangar storage, tie down and fuel sales; a second fixed base operator offers small and antique aircraft maintenance and repair. The airport has forty-four based aircraft. Daily commercial passenger air service from Rutland to Boston is provided at Rutland Airport.
The Technical Advisory Committee that has been working on the new airport master plan has concluded that the airport’s current 5000 ft runway needs to be extended to 6000 ft plus adequate safety area(s). This ambitious project would enhance the airport’s economic viability, provide improved safety for operations and most importantly pave the way for areas of business expansion in our Region.
• Regional Transportation Plan - Chapter 26: Air Services