The Federal Aviation Administration grants money to Wyoming Airports

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 5:36 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Federal Aviation Administration or FAA  is awarding several grants to the state of Wyoming to 17 million dollars and 8 million for the Southwest Regional Airport, in Rock Springs, under the Airport Improvement Program or AIP.

“That’s standard funding that we have that’s roughly 3-point-35 billion dollars that we award annually. That’s outside of the funds proposed for or let out for the COVID relief,” said Brad Mims, Deputy Administrator for the FAA.

These funds will go to rehabilitate airport terminals state-wide, with some at least 40 years old. The Airport Improvement Program is set to improve safety, efficiency, environmentalism, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports.

This project will increase passenger holding facilities and baggage handling areas in the Southwest Regional Airport with the growth in cities and airport traffic. In Cheyenne, it will upgrade the runways that are over 60 years old.

These upgrades will also make the facilities ADA compliant for persons with disabilities. Funds are given nationally and awarded to airports in need of infrastructure repair or upgrading.

The AIP program has been going on for 30 years and is paid into by people who use the “air system” through travel or shipping.

The Cheyenne Regional Airport’s main runway is currently shut for construction. The cross-way runway is open but not for commercial flights and will re-open on the first of September for the winter.

“The FAA allocates this money according to needs to volume of traffic this is what keeps the airspace infrastructure moving and being improved constantly so that we have a viable air space system,” said Nathan Banton, Deputy Director Cheyenne Regional Airport.

The Cheyenne regional airport is anticipated to have its construction completed by the summer of 2023.

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