McGhee Tyson Airport officials prepared for winter weather

ALCOA (WATE) – Winter is still just under a couple months away, but public works employees are more than ready to go when old man winter rears his ugly head.

The team that treats icy runways at McGhee-Tyson Airport are already prepared. Chief Meteorologist Matt Hinkin was honored to speak at the Winter Weather Workshop recently hosted at the airport. More than 100 public works employees from our region attended. The crew at the airport is responsible for clearing 85 road miles.

Trevis Gardner from the Metropolitian Airport Authority says failing to plan is a plan to fail.

“Our goal is for winter weather to be transparent to the traveler, make sure the passengers travel experience isn’t impacted by weather.”

Airport officials had to remove nine inches of snow last year. These workers have one goal when winter arrives.

”We are very proactive to use communication to make sure everyone is safe – passengers. airline .Keep environment safe.”

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