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Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Seeking Input on 20-Year Master Plan


Alexa Briehl
(540) 676-7466

The community is encouraged to share their voice as the airport charts a course for the future.

ROANOKE, Va. (April 2023) – Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is nearing completion of its Master Plan, a guiding document for how the airport can meet the needs of the region over the next 20 years and beyond.

The voice of the community is critical in this process. Community members are invited to attend a public workshop on April 27 from 4-6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Roanoke Airport – Conference Center to learn more about the Master Plan, share ideas, and ask questions. Visit to learn more.

Following the event, the public will also be able to share their thoughts via an online public forum. Community insights collected will help shape projects that have the potential to fuel the growth of the region for decades.

The Master Plan, a required study by the Federal Aviation Administration for airports of all sizes to evaluate and determine long-term development plans, assesses needs across five key areas for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport – Airfield (runways), Cargo, General/Private Aviation, Terminal, and Parking; and the requirements the airport will need to meet in order to maintain and enhance existing safety areas, accommodate increased passenger levels, and support future economic development.

“Our airport is among the best-in-class for safety, and we want to ensure we stay that way as more people pass through our region via air travel,” said Mike Stewart, executive director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

“We know we need to start now to be prepared for the future growth we know is coming,” added Stewart. “We believe strongly that the runway enhancement, as well as the other proposed developments, will keep our operations safe but also position our airport to take advantage of future opportunities as an added bonus.”


About the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) is the primary airport for Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the New River Valley. ROA serves over 710,000 passengers per year via four airlines (American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air) with nonstop service to six (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Washington Dulles) hub cities, as well as weekly flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. To learn more, please visit