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Governor Kelly Announces More than $14M to Improve Kansas Airports

Joe Denoyer - March 5, 2024 10:43 am

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 58 projects at 37 airports have been selected to receive $14.3 million through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP).

“Improvements made to our aviation infrastructure are vital to local economies, even in rural parts of Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “These enhancements ensure that no matter where they are in the state, businesses and communities have every opportunity to grow and prosper.”

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation received 135 applications seeking more than $84 million for projects in this round of KAIP grants. The selected projects focus on pavement preservation, safety, and air ambulance accessibility.

“These general aviation airport improvements couldn’t happen without local partners and KDOT working together,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed. “Programs like this help Kansans have access to renewed and reliable transportation options available to them in every region of the state.”

Local matching funds are required, though the amount varies depending on the project. With the matching local funds, the total KAIP project value is more than $34 million.

Approved 2024 Kansas Airport Improvement Program projects in Southwest Kansas include:

Hugoton Municipal Airport – $288,000
$18,000 to crack seal runway 13/31.
$270,000 for pavement repairs near the terminal and T-hangars.

Stanton County Municipal Airport, Johnson City – $144,000
$144,000 to replace the AWOS.

Satanta Municipal Airport – $45,000
$45,000 to drill a well to support the pilot lounge, hangars, and aerial applicators.

Syracuse-Hamilton County Airport, Syracuse – $23,850
$23,850 for the crack seal of runway 13/31.

Ulysses Airport – $404,000
$66,500 for the design of a fence project along the northwestern side of the airport.
$337,500 for constructing a fence along the northwestern side of the airport.


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