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Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Palazzo, Guest Welcome $15 Million in AIP Grants For Mississippi Airports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and U.S. Representatives Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., and Michael Guest, R-Miss., today welcomed the announcement of more than $15 million in new investments from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for enhancement projects at 29 Mississippi airfields. The grants come from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), including entitlement and appropriated funding.

“Local airports are a critical part of our state’s economy. Their maintenance ensures that Mississippi can continue to grow and remain competitive,” Wicker said. “I appreciate the FAA’s work on these projects and all they do to support aviation in Mississippi.”

“Local airports, which support jobs and bolster economies, require regular rehabilitation, construction, and safety projects,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “These FAA awards will fund targeted projects at airports across Mississippi to improve safety and operate more efficiently.”

“Continually improving the aviation infrastructure of Mississippi will aid in expanding tourism, furthering economic development, and ensuring our airports are safe and able to expand with demand,” said Palazzo. “Investments in America’s infrastructure, such as these AIP grants, benefit the local community, the state, and the nation.”

“As a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve spoken with airport officials across the Third Congressional District about the important role airports play in economic development. These grants will help make Mississippi’s economy more competitive as we seek to attract and retain new businesses and investment. I join my colleagues in applauding the FAA for their support,” said Guest.

The 29 AIP grants for Mississippi airports include:

Monroe County, City of Aberdeen -- $405,000 to reconstruct runway and taxiway lighting
Stennis International, City of Bay St. Louis -- $300,000 to acquire miscellaneous land
Tishomingo County, City of Belmont -- $290,925 to seal apron and runway pavement
Carthage-Leake County, City of Carthage -- $94,000 to install navigational aid, rehabilitate airport beacon
Cleveland Municipal, City of Cleveland -- $225,000 to reconstruct railway lighting 
Columbia/Marion County, City of Columbia -- $80,000 to construct apron
Columbus-Lowndes County, City of Columbus -- $399,348 to rehabilitate taxiway
Golden Triangle Regional, City of Columbus -- $1,000,000 to improve contract tower, terminal building, install lighting and fencing
Roscoe Turner, City of Corinth -- $67,500 to improve drainage and erosion control
Ruleville-Drew, City of Drew -- $150,000 to Install navigation aid, seal runway an taxiway pavement
Greenville Mid-Delta, City of Greenville -- $1,150,000 to seal runway pavement
Gulfport-Biloxi International, City of Gulfport -- $2,598,525 to improve drainage and erosion seal taxiway pavement
Hattiesburg Bobby L. Chain Municipal, City of Hattiesburg -- $150,000 to shift or reconfigure taxiway
Indianola Municipal, City of Indianola -- $150,000 to rehabilitate taxiway and seal pavement
Iuka, City of Iuka -- $174,375 for hangar improvements and construction
Hawkins Field, City of Jackson -- $60,000 to conduct study
Louisville/Winston County, City of Louisville -- $150,000 to acquire land for approaches
Magee Municipal, City of Magee -- $486,180 to rehabilitate apron, taxilane, and taxiway
Key Field, City of Meridian -- $1,922,918 to install runway guidance system, rehabilitate runway
Hattiesburg/Laurel Regional, City of Moselle -- $914,274 to improve ARFF building
Hardy-Anders Field/Natchez-Adams County, City of Natchez -- $1,095,000 to reconstruct airport beacon and runway lighting
University-Oxford, City of Oxford -- $975,000 to reconstruct runway lighting, install navigational aids
Philadelphia Municipal, City of Philadelphia -- $832,410 to reconstruct lighting
Pontotoc County, City of Pontotoc -- $193,512 to install navigational aids, reconstruct airport beacon and lighting vault
Clarke County, City of Quitman -- $103,500 to construct or improve fuel farm
Paul Pittman Memorial, City of Tylertown -- $600,000 to acquire land, install perimeter fencing and guidance system
McCharen Field, City of West Point -- $153,000 to acquire land
Dean Griffin Memorial, City of Wiggins -- $69,480 to install perimeter fencing
Winona-Montgomery County, City of Winona -- $291,893 to rehabilitate runway lighting