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County was busy during Masters

McDuffie County civic leaders were busy greeting guests and potential investors at the Thomson-McDuffie Airport during Masters Week.

On Friday, they got even busier.

The demand at Augusta Regional Airport on Friday forced a ground stop, during which controllers divert traffic. The Thomson airport picked up extra flights because of its advanced technology.

Thomson-McDuffie Economic Development Director Mike Carrington shook hands and handled luggage from corporate jets every day during the week. Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry reportedly was on hand four days.

Carrington said that Friday "started out average, people who had pre-booked." Then the Augusta ground stop sent more flights to the Thomson field. Carrington said Thomson's instrument landing system attracted the larger corporate jets.

The exact count from the local airport's busy week was not available Monday.

Web posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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