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Southwest Ohio airport could be sold, chief quits

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio city's airport manager has resigned, shortly after reports surfaced that Middletown was shopping the operation.

Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field handles more than 40,000 aircraft operations a year and is seen as important in economic development for the city about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. The Middletown Journal reports that city officials are looking to make it more self-sustaining. Council members recently discussed selling the airport in a closed session that got leaked publicly.

The city spends some $90,000 a year to offset airport costs.

Airport manager Rich Bevis resigned, saying the leak hurt expansion efforts. He says one manufacturer that would have brought 25 jobs backed out because of concerns about stability. The resignation by the manager since 2008 is effective Dec. 31.

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