Tribe notes 23 years of Grand Canyon West

GRAND CANYON WEST - The Hualapai Tribe celebrated the 23rd Anniversary of Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk, on May 7. During the celebration, the ribbon was cut on Grand Canyon West's new 5,000-foot long and 75-foot wide runway with adjacent helipads.

"Now that the runway is lighted and planes can arrive and depart without daylight, tour suppliers can run an extra leg, bringing dozens more visitors by air each day," said Robert Bravo Jr., CEO of Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. "This marks the first time that air tour visitors will experience the sunset at Grand Canyon West."

Grand Canyon West Airport started as a dirt airstrip in the late 1980s, serving air tours in fixed-wing aircraft from Las Vegas.