Ottumwa wants to make airport a regional cargo hub

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OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Ottumwa officials are making plans that could help turn the city airport into a regional cargo hub.

The Ottumwa Courier says (http://bit.ly/1qgHdfz ) plans are in place to lengthen the 5,900-foot main runway to between 7,200 and 7,300 feet.

City Administrator Joe Helfenberger says the city also wants the airport to have a satellite customs office and a duty-free designation.

A customs office in Ottumwa would let companies fly items directly to Ottumwa from outside the country, saving them a stop on the way. The duty-free designation could grant exemptions from state and federal taxes for items that move through the airport. That, too, could lure attract companies that ship items internationally.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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