KSLA Shreveport: 3 NW LA airports to get funding for construction projects
A trio of northwest Louisiana airports will get federal funds to help with repairs and improvments. The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu said, "Quality air service is essential for our state's economy. I am proud to see so many Louisiana airports making improvements to ensure efficiency and traveler safety. These grants are appreciated by the many residents, businesses and facilities across the state that rely on our regional airports."
The largest grant in our area, $1.8M, will go to Minden Airport. The money will go toward the building of a new apron to replace the one there now. It was already set for removal in 2014 to make room for a new taxiway.
Shreveport's Downtown Airport will get $138,000 to rehabilitate the pavement and to finish a feasibilty study on improvments for the Runway 32 Safety Area.
In Jackson Parish, the Joneboro Airport will get $140,000 to help fix up and strengthen its runway.
The state as a whole will get $7.7M for its airports. The others receiving grant money are the Alexandria International Airport, New Orleans International Airport, and the Kelly Airport in Oak Grove.