The airport has two main runways, 15/33 and 5/23. Runway 33/15 is a concrete reinforced 7003’ long, 150’ wide runway built to support heavy military airplanes and Runway 23/5, is an asphalt 4386’ long, 100’ wide crosswind runway. The airport provides Precision and Non-Precision Instrument Approaches, a state of the art air traffic control tower and radar facility (early spring 2010). It also has a Fixed Based Operation (FBO) to service military, corporate, and general aviation airplanes for fuel, performs maintenance and a flight school. Additionally, the airport has a modern terminal, major growth infrastructure in place with good highway access, and several businesses that operate at the airport.
Since 1997, under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), state and local funding support, the Airport Authority has; extended its runway 2000’ to accommodate larger commercial; corporate and military aircraft; constructed a new passenger terminal; parking lots and roads; an ARFF/SRE (fire and maintenance support building); perimeter security fencing, new taxiways; snow removal equipment; Airport Master Plan; Wild life Assessment and Wildlife Action Plan and several related major airport safety improvement projects that help to enhance the transportation facility. Approximate investment by FAA, state and local funding is $20 million.
In 1997, through the efforts of Congressman Murtha, 12th Congressional District, the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s (PANG) 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron located at the Johnstown Airport. The Squadrons primary mission is to prepare, train, and equip air traffic control and maintenance personnel for rapid deployment in support of our nation’s worldwide contingency operations. Its correlating or supporting mission, in conjunction with its primary training mission, is to provide air traffic control tower services for the airport and, as of spring 2010, a Low Altitude Surveillance Radar (LASR) for the region. Approximately $28.5 million was invested in this state-of –the-art PANG training facility that included a Control Tower, Low Altitude Surveillance Radar and an Air Traffic Control Support Center, which provides offices, training areas, warehouse space, and other related air traffic support services. Furthermore, with the Low Altitude Surveillance Radar coming on line in 2010 and the possible addition of a military “use only” Precision Approach Radar (PAR), the airport expects to see a tenfold increase in military air traffic, flying from military bases around the country, to take advantage of the superb flight training environment JST will provide to its aircrews.
Separate from the airport and its financial and development initiatives, and, also, due in large part to the efforts of Congressman John Murtha, the U.S. Military’s Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Marine Corps has invested heavily in facilities and infrastructure located around the airport proper. The Pennsylvania National Guard continues to improve the quality and capabilities of their core mission capabilities and provisions to our state and our countries national security initiatives and deployments worldwide. In doing so, Johnstown became home to National Guard, Reserve and Active Units and brought well over 1000 jobs to this region.
In 2007, in direct support of planned military use requirements at JST, and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing’s (ARW) KC-135 worldwide mission, out of Pittsburgh, Pa, the airports main runway was concrete reinforced to accommodate the KC-135 and other heavy military aircraft such as the C-17 and C-130. This project, along with taxiways to support the KC-135 aircraft out of Pittsburg, cost approximately $23 million. The Department of Defense investment in facilities is estimated around 150 million dollars. The Airport Authority is proud to have the Military as our neighbors and friends.
The Airport Authority plans to continue its development endeavors, promote business opportunities with prime airport locations, provide jobs, improve commercial air service, develop general and corporate aviation, support it large military presence and strive for an outstanding aviation facility for their customers, and the region at large.