Wal-Mart expanding at Rogers airport

Friday, June 23rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Rogers-AP) -- Wal-Mart is planning a $10,000,000 expansion at the Rogers Municipal Airport.

The Bentonville-based retailer is building a new apron, hanger and parking spaces for its corporate jet service.

Wal-Mart spokesman John Bisio says the company has 21 Lear jets. Last year, they carried about 22,000 passengers.

Home-office employees often fly to Wal-Mart stores around the world to check on things. The expansion is to be complete by 2005.
Wal-Mart accounts for about half of the 48-thousand dollars that the city receives annually in rent at the airport.

Wal-Mart also buys about 2,000,000gallons of fuel at the airport each year. The city gets ten cents per gallon.