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Airport budget flies through the roof


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- One of the worst winters in the city's history is being fairly hard on the budget for Des Moines Airport.

Airport duty manager Sara Arnold says her snow-removal crews have been as busy as those cleaning the streets, and runways are trickier to plow than streets. For one thing, crews can't use salt and sand because they are detrimental to jet engines.

When it's icy, the airport does have a melting mixture, and crews treat it like gold. A typical pass down one of the runways to get it completely clear can cost about $10,000.

Airport spokesman Roy Criss says the airport has already blown through 77 percent of its chemical budget and 85 percent of its overtime budget -- and there's a lot of winter left.

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