(Moab Utah)- The Canyonlands Airport Board is moving to seek over a quarter of a million Dollars in funding from Grand County to fund speeding up planning and construction of runway improvements at the airport. The improvement, including widening the runway, board members say, is necessary to keep SkyWest airline service at the airport. SkyWest indicates it plans to replace its aging fleet of turboprop aircraft with 50 passenger regional jets in the near future, perhaps as soon as next year. The present runway at Canyonlands field is not wide enough to handle the larger jet aircraft. Airport board members says the SkyWest move is a surprise to them, but point out that current service by the airline is doing very well and is very reliable. Its expected that the board will make a formal request to the county for the money in the very near future.