FAA celebrates opening of airfield upgrade at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

July 28th, 2010 - 10:33 pm ICT by BNO News  

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE (BNO NEWS) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) celebrated on Wednesday the opening of an airfield upgrade at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee.

The improvements to the Chattanooga airport were possible thanks to the $3 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The project focused on a new aircraft parking area that will help relieve congestion at the facility.

“Airports are critical to our nation’s economy. Recovery Act dollars are helping to make needed safety enhancements and upgrades at airports all across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The Recovery Act funds are used at both urban and rural airports to pay for a variety of different projects. The ARRA money is helping airports of all sizes to maintain and improve their infrastructure like safety enhancements, rehabilitation of runways and taxiways, and facility construction.

Under the Recovery Act, $1.1 billion has been made available to over 360 projects at airports nationwide. The funds were distributed to airports that support not only passenger and cargo service, but general aviation as well.

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