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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Airport Commission of Forsyth County decided unanimously last week not to have a Winston-Salem Air Show in 2016 due to an anticipated construction project at Smith Reynolds Airport, Chairman Thomas McKim confirmed Tuesday.

McKim said the airport has an opportunity to get a grant of about $1.8 million to repave and reconstruct the ramp at the main terminal, which has been in the airport’s capital plan for a while.

The timing of the project likely would conflict with the air show, which is typically held in September, so the commission decided not to have the show next year.

McKim said the ramp area is where a lot of display aircraft are usually parked, and people would be entering and walking through the area.

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