TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that 66 airport projects across the state have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program funding for the planning, construction or rehabilitation of public-use general aviation airports.
Several airports in northwestern Kansas were among those receiving funding.
“Whether it’s airplane manufacturing, a link in supply chain logistics or travel, Kansas’ aerospace industry is an essential part of our state’s economy,” Kelly said. “These grants ensure the safety and longevity of Kansas airports, all while contributing to economic growth and job creation.”
The aviation industry accounts for more than $20.6 billion in economic impact across a broad spectrum of supply chains and manufacturing industries in Kansas.
“Every mode of transportation is a link to the economic vitality of the state,” said Calvin Reed, secretary of transportation. “These airport improvements are just a few of many important efforts to boost the aviation industry throughout Kansas.”
KAIP typically receives $5 million annually through the bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program and requires airport sponsors to participate in project costs by paying a minimum of 5% of the total project. This year, the program has awarded more than $11 million to 66 approved projects, for a total project value of nearly $14.4 million.
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has received 153 applications for a total project value of more than $66 million for this round of KAIP grants. The projects were evaluated for their impact on flight safety, economic growth and regional benefits.
“We are grateful to meet 22 percent of the total requested airport improvements this year,” said Bob Brock, Division Director of Aviation, Kansas Department of Transportation. “We look forward to new and continued partnerships with aviation stakeholders to achieve stronger aviation infrastructure for the future.”
Approved 2023 Kansas Airport Improvement Program Projects:
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