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Airport expansion project expected to make travels safer

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OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Airport officials in Brunswick County are working on an expansion project that they say will make travels safer.

Construction crews are currently building a new parallel taxi-way at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island.

The new project will allow more planes to travel safer and more efficiently.

Currently, pilots have to take off and land on the same runway, and airport officials say that creates problems during busy flight times.

Planes that land at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport are also forced to "back taxi" on the same runway.

However, the new parallel taxi-way will essentially be used as an alternative runway for pilot, creating more space and allowing more planes to operate at the same time.

Pilots like Jones Stanley say that this project will have a huge impact on the airport's marketability.

"Safety is the main key," said Stanley. "The parallel taxiway will make our job much easier. It will make people's travels much safer and that's the most important thing."

The project is expected to be completed by May, but airport officials say this project could eventually open the door for more commercial airliners.

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