Grenada Star

Grenada Receives $239k Grant For Airport

By Adam Prestridge, Publisher

Cracking is evident at Grenada Municipal Airport as grass sprouts through the aging runway.

Federal funding announced last week by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), along with U.S. Representatives Michael Guest (R-Miss.) and Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) will hopefully begin repairs towards smooth landings.

“Continually improving aviation infrastructure is essential to maintaining the safety, capacity, and capability of airports in our state,” Wicker said. “These investments in airports across Mississippi will help promote economic development, travel and tourism jobs.”

A total of $239,229 was awarded to Grenada for runway rehabilitation and sealing runway pavement and pavement joints.

More than $17 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for improvement work at eight Mississippi airports were announced. According to the FAA, the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, which include entitlement and appropriated funds, represent the third round of funding for airfields in Mississippi. The lawmakers announced $16 million in second-round AIP funding in May.

“Airport improvement grants provide pivotal funding that allows Mississippi communities to repair and improve their airport facilities whether they’re major facilities like Medgar Evers or smaller. These facilities represent assets that can support and grow economic development,” Hyde-Smith said.