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Ohio University Regional Airport

Location and Current Use

The Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport and Academic Center, formerly known as "University Airport" (UNI), is located at the junction of US-50 and OH-32, in Albany, OH, about nine miles west of the Athens campus. The Airport has no control tower, but the facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fuel and maintenance services are also available 24 hours a day, every day. Runway 7-25 is 5600 feet long and 100 feet wide, and offers ILS, GPS (RNAV), and NDB approaches. More detailed information about airport operations is available on-line. You may also find the Runway 25 Webcam of interest.

The airport

Travel directions from the airport to the Ohio University Athens Campus are available on-line, including a regional highway map.

Directions to the Airport from the West

If you are coming East on US-50 (for example, from Chillicothe), the airport will be across the highway when you stop at the junction with OH-32. Turn left, onto OH-32 East, then take the next right, onto Athens County Road 71, and then turn right into the Airport.

If you are coming from Jackson on OH-32, the airport will be on your right as you reach the junction with US-50 (which comes in from the left, only), less than two miles after entering Athens County. Continue for less than a mile on US-50 East and OH-32 East; turn right onto Athens County Road 71, and then turn right into the Airport.

If you pass the junction with OH-681 or pass a Dairy Queen on your right, you have gone too far.

Directions to the Airport from the East

Take US-50 West and OH-32 West through Albany. You will go about nine miles from the OH-682 interchange. In Albany you will pass the Dairy Queen on your left. Less than two miles farther, turn left onto Athens County Road 71, and then turn right into the Airport. If you reach the junction where US-50 West turns right, you have gone too far.

History of the Airport

The airport was previously located between East State Street and the Hocking River, where the Athens City Recreation Center, the Athens Mall, Kroger, and WalMart are now. Operations moved to the current location in November, 1971.

Gordon K. Bush

The Ohio University Airport was named in honor of Gordon K. Bush, a pioneer in Athens aviation, who served six terms as a member of the board of trustees of Ohio University (1930-1963), and was publisher of the Athens Messenger (1929-1965).

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