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Master plan

Aerial view of KOSU showing downtown in the distance

The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU) has grown from its early start as a wartime pilot training facility to central Ohio’s premier executive terminal and one of the nation’s top university-owned and -operated facilities. Today, it serves to educate Ohio State’s future aviation professionals, support university research and provide convenient access for corporate and leisure travelers.

KOSU is one of 3,300 public-use airports designated as a national reliever airport in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. An important facet of the regional economy, KOSU has an estimated impact of $157 million in direct and indirect benefits to central Ohio.

Our updated master plan finalized in 2022 includes a corporate air park, runway enhancements, sites dedicated to aviation service providers and more. It has been prepared in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines and serves to inform development, address regional needs and provide guidance for student education amid the impending critical pilot shortage.

Click through the below documents to explore future plans for the Buckeye Gateway to global destinations.

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To submit questions or comments regarding the master plan, please email Please put 'Master Plan Update' in the subject line.