HTS Receives $8.9 Million to Enhance Airfield Operations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced $8.9 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Huntington Tri-State Airport.
“Continuing the process of refurbishing Huntington Tri-State’s taxiways and replacing the airport lighting control system will improve safety and security for passengers and operators alike, while enhancing our airport and boosting our region’s long-term economic competitiveness. I will continue to use my position and experience to fight to bring home these much needed Federal investments,” said Rahall.
The FAA Airport Improvement Program, which Rahall helped to create, awarded the funds to the Tri-State Airport Authority for taxiway improvements, including replacing pavement and a new lighting system to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. With this funding, approximately 70 percent of Huntington Tri-State’s taxiways will have been rehabilitated.
Rahall has advocated Federal funding for capital improvements at Huntington Tri-State to rehabilitate and extend its taxiways and runways and improve terminal buildings in order to enhance airport safety and capacity.
“Maintaining critical Federal aviation investments in southern West Virginia, which support the planning and financing of capital projects at airports like Huntington Tri-State, as well as air service between West Virginia communities and major airline hubs, is necessary to ensure West Virginians have timely access to destinations throughout the United States and around the globe,” said Rahall.