Rick Husband Amarillo Int'l Airport receives almost $7.3 million in grants

Rick Husband Amarillo Int'l Airport receives almost $7.3 million in grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFDA) - Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport will receive a boost to its efforts to rebuild portions of the airport.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Thursday that the FAA plans to award the airport $7,276,937 in grant funds.

The funds will be used to finish airport construction projects, including runway lighting, taxiway lighting and reconstruction of an existing runway.

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Secretary Chao said the grant could be a boon to the community.

"These grants will help Amarillo's largest airport better serve the flying public, which will strengthen the economy and create jobs in this community," she said.

Eastern New Mexico airports also got a piece of the grant program.

Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $1.35 million to help with runway rehabilitation and apron reconstruction projects.

Portales Municipal Airport was also granted $154,757 to help with runway reconstruction, while Clayton Municipal Airport received $482,975 for similar projects.

The funds are a portion of the $2.18 billion Airport Improvement Program, funded by the FAA.

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