Jim Elwood, Executive Director of Jackson Hole Airport explained that the renovations to take place are crucial and necessary. The last time significant renovations were made to JH Airport were in 1970.
“Every twenty to twenty-five years a major rebuild is necessary to any runway. We regret the closure, and it will likely impact a number of travelers, but it’s necessary,” said Elwood.
Specific renovations to be done include repaving the runway, new runway lights and updated drainage, however, the physical dimensions of the runway will not change. The Board also gave the go-ahead to proceed with initial designs for two-terminal improvement projects, as well as updates to the security screening checkpoint and the restaurant area. The projects inside the Airport are slated to be completed while the runaway is being reconstructed.
But don't let this stop you from keeping your much anticipated travel plans to Jackson Hole. Take this opportunity to explore the beauty beyond Jackson Hole. There are multiple ways to arrive to your destination, many including state parks, unique attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities.
If you plan to travel to Jackson Hole during this time, here are your options:
- Driving - Nothing compares to a Wyoming road trip. The Wyoming Office of Tourism has many great resources for planning out your perfect road trip through Wyoming. Click here for details.
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is a 4 hour and 30 minute drive from Jackson.
- Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is an hour and 45 minute drive from Jackson.
- Book a private chartered flight using Teton Aviation through the Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport (KDIJ) which is 45 minutes away from Jackson.
We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause on your vacation and we sincerely thank you for understanding. For more information, please visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce's page on the airport closure.